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Money is tight everywhere.† We look at our household budgets and trim the fat and wasteful spending where we can.† This should be something we do not only at home, but also at work.† Even the government needs to look at the bottom line.† If you see money being misdirected or used improperly, you need to report it.† Fraud, waste, and abuse does happen in large organizations where oversight is difficult.† It is our job as good citizens to be sure the money allocated for a project is used correctly.† Without our eyes and ears on the lookout, nothing will stop this misuse.† Our government is counting on us to help steer the ship.† Obama is asking for our new government to be transparent.† We should be able to see what they are doing and how they are spending the money.† Obama is also asking for people to report irregularities and discrepancies, as well as asking the government to strengthen the whistleblower protection laws.† He would even like people to get a good performance review for doing so.
There are sometimes benefits to reporting wrong-doing.† The San Francisco School system got $3.3 Million dollars when they reported a scam by vendors to defraud the government of millions intended to purchase computers for schools (http://www.sfgov.org/site/cityattorney_page.asp?id=25106 ).† A Honolulu city administrator was awarded $3 Million for wrongful termination when she lost her job after reporting irregularities with how the city spent workforce development money (http://pacific.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2008/01/21/daily53.html?jst=b_ln_hl ).††† But it should not be about the money.† It should be about making a difference, and helping out country run smoothly.† I have included the following speech by Scott Bloch of the Office of Special Counsel, as it inspires the restoration of faith in our country.
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Scott Bloch, U.S. Office of Special Counsel, gave the following speech:
Alexander Hamilton was a hero of the founding of our country. In the Federalist Papers, he warned of our tendency toward faction and self-interest, and he incorporated a system of checks and balances into our Constitution. Americans want to know that the checks and balances are working, that public servants are making a difference and not wasting taxpayer money.
Today, we hear of wasteful government bureaucracies, bloated hand-out programs, unheralded pork and corrupt self-dealing. While there is some truth in this, media overcoverage of such matters distracts us from focusing on solutions.† Solutions lie with ordinary Americans. When we see something wrong, we need to blow the whistle. The recent election was a great example of how Americans can blow the whistle on what they see as wrong among their elected officials, or wrong about behavior or policy direction. Regardless of perspective, no one can doubt that our system is functioning.
The Office of Special Counsel is an agency dedicated to whistleblowers and to rooting out waste and corruption. Within the federal bureaucracy, we bring officials who have done wrong to justice. Although we are little known, OSC was recently a ďJeopardyíí topic with the answer, ďWhat is a whistleblower?Ē† A whistleblower is an ordinary hero who helps America function when it wants to slip into self-interest and faction. I get to reward ordinary heroes who report waste, fraud and abuse.† Such disclosures, as we call whistleblower allegations, range from the mundane to the sensational.
Anne Whiteman uncovered a seven-year history of cover-ups of airplane near-misses at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the busiest airports in America ó indeed, the world.
Leroy Smith disclosed to us that widespread toxic emissions of dangerous heavy metals were occurring at the Federal Prison Industries. Real changes have come about because of OSCís involvement in these and many other cases. Both Whiteman and Smith received OSCís highest award given to whistleblowers: The Public Servant of the Year.
Last year, our oversight committee in Congress wrote a letter reflecting the results of a bipartisan audit that revealed we were doing a ďgreat job for whistleblowers.Ē This letter and testimonials to our work on behalf of federal servicemembers, whistleblowers, and complainants of all varieties can be found on our Web site, www.osc.gov, under ďOSC achievements.Ē
America needs to know that many in government are helping to recover billions of dollars for the taxpayer by preventing fraud. The community of inspectors general with whom I am proud to work is doing amazing things every day. I can attest that the majority of public servants are dedicated to trying to make a difference. Sometimes, one will discover that something is amiss and blow the whistle. That is when the oversight apparatus must come in to right the balance.
Is it easy doing these things? No, but it is far less easy for whistleblowers themselves. Their history is one of being singled out and reprised against. It goes back far in mankindís history, to Sophocles who wrote, ďNobody likes the man who brings bad news.Ē
But whether in government or in corporate America, we depend on ordinary heroes. We have to listen, we have to shift gears, we have to be willing to change.
Some whistleblowers are saintly, others are self-interested. But we protect them all regardless of the purity of their motives, because checks and balances require us to commit ourselves to rooting out wrongdoing and wastefulness.
Too many say government is not working. It is true that government is not the answer to all problems, but it is not wrong for citizens to demand accountability in the structures by which they have consented to be governed. While difficulties remain, we can be proud that much is right with our system as it roots out waste, inefficiency and illegality.
America, wake up, and blow the whistle on the false image of us as hopeless and corrupt. Blow the whistle on the media when it will not tell us about the good that is happening to correct problems. Be an ordinary hero by blowing the whistle on those who violate the public charge or waste public funds or use public office for private gain.
You can blow the whistle simply by continuing to vote. Realize that in blowing the whistle, you take on the mantle of citizenship. You are part of the checks and balances of which Alexander Hamilton wrote nearly 250 years ago.
The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c101:S.20.ENR: ) is a federal law that protects federal whistleblowers. A whistleblower is a present or former employee or member of an organization who reports misconduct. The misconduct can be the violation of a law or regulation, fraud, health/safety violations, or corruption. A federal agency violates the WPA if it takes or threatens to take a personnel action against an employee because of any disclosure of information that the employee reasonably believes is a violation.
Another protection for whistleblowers in the federal government is the No FEAR Act. The act makes individual federal government agencies directly responsible for unlawful retaliation against a whistleblower. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act provides penalties for public companies that retaliate against whistleblowers.
The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act is the primary federal law which governs occupational health and safety in the private sector and federal government. It is designed to ensure that employers provide an environment free from hazards such as unsanitary conditions, exposure to toxic chemicals, mechanical dangers or excessive noise levels. The OSH Act provides whistleblower protection for occupational safety and health related matters.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel provides a safe conduit for the receipt and evaluation of whistleblower disclosures from federal employees, former employees and applicants for federal employment. Many states also have whistleblower protection laws for employees of state government and the private sector. Please contact your state attorney general for more information (a listing is provided at the end).
For more information contact Disclosure Unit, U.S. Office of Special Counsel, 1730 M Street, N.W., Suite 218, Washington, D.C. 20036-4505; 800-572-2249; 202-254-3640; http://www.osc.gov/wbdisc.htm.
Office of Special Counsel provides a secure channel through its Disclosure Unit (DU) for federal workers to disclose information about various workplace improprieties, including a violation of law, rule or regulation, gross mismanagement and waste of funds, abuse of authority, or a substantial danger to public health or safety.† It serves as a safe conduit for the receipt and evaluation of whistleblower disclosures from federal employees, former employees and applicants for federal employment. In this capacity, DU receives and evaluates whistleblowing disclosuresówhich are separate and distinct from complaints of reprisal or retaliation for whistleblowing which are reviewed by OSCís Complaints Examining Unit as a prohibited personnel practice.† The OSC disclosure process differs from other government whistleblower channels in at least three ways: (1) federal law guarantees confidentiality to the whistleblower; (2) the Special Counsel may order an agency head to investigate and report on the disclosure; and (3) after any such investigation, the Special Counsel must send the agency's report, with the whistleblower's comments, to the President and Congressional oversight committees.
As stated above, a whistleblowerís identity will not be revealed without their consent. However, in the unusual case where the Special Counsel determines there is an imminent danger to public health and safety or violation of criminal, the Special Counsel has the authority to reveal the whistleblowerís identity. DU attorneys review five types of disclosures specified in the statute: violations of law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; abuse of authority; and substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. The disclosures are evaluated to determine whether or not there is sufficient information to conclude with a substantial likelihood that one of these conditions has been disclosed.† †
The Disclosure Unit has jurisdiction over federal employees, former federal employees, and applicants for federal employment. It is important to note that a disclosure must be related to an event that occurred in connection with the performance of an employee's duties and responsibilities. The Disclosure Unit does not have jurisdiction over disclosures filed by:†
*employees of the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Rate Commission;*members of the armed forces of the United States (i.e., non-civilian military employees);*state employees operating under federal grants;*employees of federal contractors.
Whistleblowers must make their disclosures to OSC in writing. To facilitate this process, OSC has developed a form which may be used to file a disclosure which can found at http://www.osc.gov/forms.htm#index†† Use of OSC Form No. 12 is not mandatory. However, if you do not use the form, it is important to include your name, address and telephone numbers. For assistance with filing a disclosure, or any other inquiries, please contact the Whistleblower Disclosure Hotline, U.S. Office of Special Counsel, 1730 M Street, N.W., Suite 218, Washington, D.C. 20036-4505; 800-572-2249; 202-254-3640; http://www.osc.gov/wbdisc.htm
If you want to report fraud and abuse to a particular agency, you can contact the Inspector General.† Their job is to conduct independent and objective audits, investigations and inspections, as well as prevent and detect waste, fraud and abuse.† The Inspector Generals are appointed without regard to their political affiliation, and are appointed at Cabinet-level departments and major agencies by the President and can only be removed by the President.† Inspector Generals are independent and cannot be prevented or prohibited from conducting an audit or investigation.† They prepare reports to Congress describing their work and have immediate correspondence to the agency head to report egregious and flagrant problems and/or abuses. The agency head then transmits this reporting, along with any comments by the agency head, to the Congress within seven days.† They all maintain hotlines for employees and others to report confidential information regarding allegations of fraud and abuse.† Your name will remain confidential and you will be doing the government a good service if you report abuse or fraud.
Agency for International DevelopmentThe Honorable Donald A. Gambatesa, Inspector General 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NWWashington, DC† 20523202-712-1150http://www.usaid.gov/oig/Inspector Generalís Hotline202-712-1023800-230-6539Email: email@example.comMail complaint to:U.S. Agency for International DevelopmentOffice of Inspector GeneralP.O. Box 657Washington, DC 20044-0657Online Complaint Form: http://www.usaid.gov/oig/hotline/hotline_complaint_frm.html
U.S. Department of AgricultureThe Honorable Phyllis Fong, Inspector General 12th and Independence Avenue, S.W.; Room 117-WWashington, D.C. 20250202-720-8001http://www.usda.gov/oig/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-424-9121202-690-1622http://www.usda.gov/oig/hotline.htmSend Complaints to:United States Department of AgricultureOffice of Inspector GeneralPO Box 23399Washington, DC 20026-3399
AmtrakFred W. Weiderhold, Jr, Inspector General 10 G Street, NE; Suite 3W-300Washington, D.C. 20002-4285202-906-4863http://www.amtrakoig.com/†† Inspector Generalís Hotline800-468-5469http://www.amtrakoig.com/reportingfraud.html
Appalachian Regional CommissionClifford H. Jennings, Inspector General 1666 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.; Suite 215Washington, D.C. 20009202-884-7675http://www.arc.gov/index.do?nodeId=2060 Inspector Generalís Hotline800-532-4611202-884-7667† Send Complaints to:† Office of Inspector General Appalachian Regional Commission 1666 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 215 Washington, DC 20009-1068 http://www.arc.gov/index.do?nodeId=2062
Architect of the CapitolCarol Bates, Inspector General 499 S. Capitol Street, SW; Suite 518Washington, D.C. 20003 202-631-3091
U.S. Capitol PoliceCarl W. Hoecker, Inspector General 499 S. Capitol Street, SWWashington, D.C. 20003202-593-4555
Central Intelligence AgencyThe Honorable John L. Helgerson, Inspector General Room 2X30 New HeadquartersWashington, D.C. firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Department of CommerceThe Honorable Todd J. Zinser, Inspector General 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W.; HCHB 7898-CWashington, D.C. 20230202-482-4661http://www.oig.doc.gov/oig/index.html Inspector Generalís Hotline800-482-5197202-482-2495Online complaint form at http://www.oig.doc.gov/oig/hotline/000016.html†† Send Complaints to:US Department of Commerce Office of Inspector GeneralHotline P.O. Box 612Ben Franklin StationWashington, DC 20044E-mail: email@example.com
Commodity Futures Trading CommissionA. Roy Lavik, Inspector General Three Lafayette Centre; 1155 21st Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20581202-418-5110http://cftc.gov/aboutthecftc/oig.htmlInspector Generalís Hotline202-418-5510Send Complaints to:Commodity Futures Trading CommissionOffice of the Inspector GeneralThree Lafayette Centre1155 21st Street, NWWashington, DC 20581
Consumer Product Safety CommissionChristopher W. Dentel, Inspector General 4330 East West HighwayBethesda, MD 20814-4408301-504-7644http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/oig/oig.htmlInspector Generalís Hotline301-504-7906Send Complaint to:Office of Inspector GeneralConsumer Product Safety Commission4330 East-West HighwayRoom 419Bethesda, MD 20814Online Complaint form: http://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/igform.aspx
Corporation for National and Community ServiceThe Honorable Gerald Walpin, Inspector General 1201 New York Avenue, N.W.; Suite 830Washington, D.C. 20525202-606-9360http://www.cncsig.gov/Inspector Generalís Hotline800-452-8210Send Complaint to:Office of Inspector General, Corporation for National and Community Service1201 New York Avenue, N.W.Suite 830Washington, D.C. 20525Email:† firstname.lastname@example.org
Corporation for Public BroadcastingKenneth Konz, Inspector General 401 Ninth Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20004202-879-9660http://www.cpb.org/oig/Inspector Generalís Hotline800-599-2170202-783-5408Send Complaints to:Corporation for Public BroadcastingOffice of Inspector General401 Ninth Street, NWWashington, DC 20004-2129Email: OIGemail@cpb.org Online Complaint form: http://www.cpb.org/oig/contact.php
The Denali CommissionMike Marsh, Inspector General 510 L Street, Peterson TowerAnchorage, AK 99501907-271-1414http://www.denali.gov/Commission/Commission_Staff.cfm?Section=Commission&Staff=Marsh_Mike
U.S. Department of DefenseGordon Heddell, Acting Inspector General 400 Army Navy DriveArlington, VA 22202-4704703-604-8300http://www.dodig.osd.mil/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-424-9098703-604-8799Email: email@example.com†† Online complaint http://www.dodig.osd.mil/HOTLINE/fwacompl.htm
Office of Director of National IntelligenceEdward Maguire, Inspector General Office of the Director of National Intelligence Washington, DC 20511† 703-733-8600http://www.dni.gov/maguire_bio.htm
U.S. Department of EducationThe Honorable Jerry Bridges, Inspector General 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.Washington, D.C. 20024202-245-6900http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/index.html Inspector Generalís Hotline800-647-8733Email: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/hotline.html?src=rtSend Complaint to:Inspector General's HotlineOffice of Inspector GeneralU.S. Department of Education400 Maryland Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20202-1500
Election Assistance CommissionCurtis Crider, Inspector General 1225 New York Ave., NW, Suite 1100Washington, D.C. 20005202-566-3125http://www.eac.gov/eac_ig† Inspector Generalís Hotline866-552-0004†
U.S. Department of EnergyThe Honorable Gregory H. Friedman, Inspector General 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W.Washington, D.C. 20585202-586-4393http://www.ig.energy.gov/Inspector Generalís Hotline800-541-1625202-586-4073Email: email@example.com† http://www.ig.energy.gov/hotline.htm Send Complaints to: U.S. Department of EnergyOffice of Inspector GeneralATTN: IG Hotline 1000 Independence Avenue, SWMail Stop 5D-031 Washington, DC 20585† Environmental Protection AgencyVacant, Inspector General 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Mail Code: 2410T Washington, D.C. 20460-0001202-566-0847http://www.epa.gov/oigearth/ Inspector Generalís Hotline888-546-8740202-566-2476Send Complaints to:U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General Hotline (2443) 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20460.Online Complaint form: http://www.epa.gov/oig/ombudsman-hotline/how2file.htm
Equal Employment Opportunity CommissionAletha L. Brown, Inspector General 1801 L Street, N.W.; Suite 3001Washington, D.C. 20507202-663-4379http://www.eeoc.gov/abouteeoc/plan/oig/index.htmlInspector Generalís Hotline800-849-4230202-663-4327Send Complaints to:Office of the Inspector GeneralP.O Box 18212Washington D.C. 20036-8212
Export-Import Bank of the United StatesThe Honorable Michael Tankersley, Inspector General 811 Vermont Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20571† http://www.exim.gov/oig/index.cfm Inspector Generalís Hotline866-571-1801Send Complaints to:Ex-Im HotlineOffice of Inspector General811 Vermont Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20571
Farm Credit AdministrationCarl A. Clinefelter, Inspector General 1501 Farm Credit Drive McLean, VA 22102703-883-4030Inspector Generalís Hotline800-437-7322703-883-4316
Federal Communications CommissionKent R. Nilsson, Acting Inspector General 445 12th St, SW; Room 2-C762Washington, D.C. 20554202-418-0470http://www.fcc.gov/oig/Inspector Generalís Hotline202-418-0473† 888-863-2244FCC - OIG445 12th Street, S.W.Room 2-C762Washington, D.C. 20554
Federal Deposit Insurance CorporationThe Honorable Jon T. Rymer, Inspector General 3501 N. Fairfax DriveArlington, VA 22226703-562-2166Inspector Generalís Hotline800-964-3342† Send Complaints to:Federal Deposit Insurance CorporationOffice of Inspector General: Hotline 3501 Fairfax DriveRoom VS-D-9069Arlington, VA 22226
Federal Election Commission999 E Street, N.W.; Room 940Washington, D.C. 20463202-694-1015http://www.fec.gov/fecig/fecig.shtml Inspector Generalís Hotline202-694-1015
Federal Housing Finance BoardEdward Kelley, Inspector General 1625 Eye Street, N.W.; Room 3095Washington, D.C. 20006-4001202-408-2544http://www.fhfb.gov/Default.aspx?Page=100 Inspector Generalís Hotline202-408-2900800-276-8329Send Complaints to:Federal Housing Finance Board1625 Eye Street, NWWashington, DC 20006-4001
Federal Labor Relations AuthorityFrancine C. Eichler, Inspector General 1400 K, N.W.; Room 250Washington, D.C. 20424202-218-7744http://www.ignet.gov/internal/flra/flra.htmlInspector Generalís Hotline800-331-3572
Federal Maritime CommissionAdam Trzeciak, Inspector General 800 North Capitol Street, N.W.; Room 1054Washington, D.C. 20573202-523-5863http://www.fmc.gov/bureaus/inspector_general/InspectorGeneral.asp† Inspector Generalís Hotline202-523-5865† Online complaint form https://www2.fmc.gov/OIGComplaints/
Federal Reserve BoardElizabeth A. Coleman, Inspector General 20th and Constitution Avenue, N.W.; Stop 300Washington, D.C. 20551202-973-5005http://www.federalreserve.gov/oig/Inspector Generalís Hotline800-827-3340202-452-6400† OIG HotlineBoard of Governors of the Federal Reserve System20th and C Streets N.W.Mail Stop 300Washington, D.C. 20551 Attention: OIG Hotline
Federal Trade CommissionJohn M. Seeba, Inspector General600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20580202-326-2800http://www.ftc.gov/oig/†† Inspector Generalís Hotline202-326-2581
General Services AdministrationThe Honorable Brian D. Miller, Inspector General 18th and F Streets, N.W.; Room 5340Washington, D.C. 20405202-501-0450http://oig.gsa.gov/Inspector Generalís Hotline800-424-5210202-501-1780† Send Complaints to:GSA/OIG Investigations ATTENTION: Fraud Hotline 1800 F Street, N.W. Washington, DC† 20405Online complaint form http://oig.gsa.gov/form.htm
Government Accountability OfficeFrances Garcia, Inspector General 441 G Street, NWWashington, D.C. 20548† 202-512-5748http://gao.gov/fraudnet/fraudnet.htm Inspector Generalís Hotline800-424-5454Send a fax to FraudNET at 202-512-3086Send Complaint to:GAO FraudNET441 G Street NWMail Stop 4T21 Washington, DC 20548Online complaint form https://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/fraudnet.cgi
Government Printing OfficeTony Ogden, Inspector General North Capitol and H Streets, N.W.; Stop:IG, Washington, D.C. 20401202-512-0039http://www.gpo.gov/oig/Inspector Generalís Hotline800-743-7574† Send Complaints to:U.S. Government Printing Officec/o Office of the Inspector GeneralStop IG732 North Capitol St., NWWashington, DC 20401
U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesThe Honorable Daniel Levinson, Inspector General 330 Independence Avenue, S.W.Washington, D.C. 20201202-619-3148http://oig.hhs.gov/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-HHS-TIPSSend Complaints to:Office of Inspector GeneralDepartment of Health and Human ServicesAttn: HOTLINEPO Box 23489Washington, DC 20026Email: HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov
U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityThe Honorable Richard L. Skinner, Inspector General attn: Office of Inspector General245 Murray Dr.; Building 410Washington, DC 20528 202-254-4100http://www.dhs.gov/xoig/index.shtm Inspector Generalís Hotline800-323-8603†† Send Complaint to:Department of Homeland SecurityWashington, DC 20528Attn: Office of Inspector General, HotlineFax DHS OIG Hotline: 202-254-4292Email: DHSOIGHOTLINE@dhs.gov
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentThe Honorable Kenneth M. Donohue, Inspector General 451 7th Street S.W.Washington, D.C. 20410202-708-0430http://www.hud.gov/offices/oig/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-347-3735† Fax: 202-708-4829Send Complaint to:HUD OIG Hotline (GFI)451 7th Street, SWWashington, DC 20410Email: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.hud.gov/offices/oig/hotline/index.cfm†
U.S. Department of InteriorThe Honorable Earl E. Devaney, Inspector General 1849 C Street, N.W.; Mail Stop 4428Washington, D.C. 20240202-208-5745http://www.doioig.gov/† Inspector Generalís Hotline800-424-5081http://www.doioig.gov/index.php?menuid=382&viewid=511&viewtype=PAGE Send Complaint to:U.S. Department of the InteriorOffice of Inspector General1849 C Street, NWMS-5341Washington, DC 20240Attention: Hotline OperationsOnline Complaint form at http://www.doioig.gov/form/hotlinecmp_form.php
U.S. International Trade CommissionJudith Gwynn, Acting Inspector General 500 E Street S.W.; Room 515Washington, D.C. 20436202-205-2210http://www.usitc.gov/oig/Inspector Generalís Hotline800-500-0333Send Complaints to:Judith GwynnActing Inspector GeneralUnited States International Trade Commission Office of Inspector General 500 E Street, S.W., Room 515 Washington, DC 20436
U.S. Department of JusticeThe Honorable Glenn Fine, Inspector General 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.; Suite 4322Washington, D.C. 20530202-514-3435 http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/Inspector Generalís Hotline800-869-4499Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Investigations Division 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Room 4706 Washington, DC 20530 E-mail: email@example.com
U.S. Department of LaborThe Honorable Gordon S. Heddell, Inspector General 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.; Room S5502Washington, D.C. 20210202-693-5100http://www.oig.dol.gov/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-347-3756202-693-6999http://www.oig.dol.gov/hotlinemain.htm Send Complaints to:Attention: HotlineOffice of Inspector General U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.Room S-5506Washington, D.C. 20210Online complaint form at http://www.oig.dol.gov/hotlineform.htm
Legal Services CorporationJeffrey E. Schanz, Inspector General 3333 K Street, NWWashington, D.C. 20007202-295-1660https://www.oig.lsc.gov/Inspector Generalís Hotline800-678-8868202-295-1670www.oig.lsc.gov/org/hotline.htmSend Complaint to:Legal Services CorporationPO Box 3699Washington DC 20027-0199Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHotline Fax: 202-337-7155
Library of CongressKarl W. Schornagel, Inspector General 101 Independence Ave, SEWashington, D.C. 20540† 202-707-6314http://www.loc.gov/about/oig/index.html† Inspector Generalís Hotline202-707-6306Email: email@example.com
National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationThe Honorable Robert W. Cobb, Inspector General 300 E Street, S.W.; Code W, Room 8V69Washington, D.C. 20546202-358-1220http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oig/hq/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-424-9183http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oig/hq/hotline.html Send Complaint to:NASA Office of Inspector GeneralP.O. Box 23089L'Enfant Plaza StationWashington, D.C. 20026Online complaint form http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oig/hq/cyberhotline.html
National ArchivesPaul Brachfeld, Inspector General 8601 Adelphi RoadCollege Park, MD 20740-6001301-837-3000http://www.archives.gov/oig/Inspector Generalís Hotline800-786-2551301-837-3500http://www.archives.gov/oig/hotline.html† Send Complaint to:NARAP.O. Box 1821Hyattsville, MD 20788-0821Online Complaint form:http://www.archives.gov/oig/referral-form/index.html
National Credit Union AdministrationWilliam DeSarno, Inspector General 1775 Duke StreetAlexandria, VA 22314-3428† 703-518-6350http://www.ncua.gov/OIG/Index.htm† Inspector Generalís Hotline703-518-6357800-778-4806http://www.ncua.gov/OIG/Hotline.htm Send Complaints to:OIG InvestigationsNational Credit Union Administration1775 Duke StreetAlexandria, VA 22314-3428
National Endowment for the ArtsDaniel L. Shaw, Inspector General 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20600202-682-5402http://www.nea.gov/about/OIG/Contents.html Inspector Generalís Hotline202-682-5402http://www.nea.gov/about/OIG/Wrongful2.html Send Complaint to:Office of Inspector General, Room 6011100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20506Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Endowment for the HumanitiesSheldon L. Bernstein, Inspector General 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.; Room 419Washington, D.C. 20600202-606-8350http://www.neh.gov/whoweare/oig.htmInspector Generalís Hotline877-786-7598Send Complaints to:Office of Inspector GeneralNational Endowment for the Humanities1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Room 419Washington, D.C. 20506Email: email@example.com
National Labor Relations BoardDavid Berry, Inspector General 1099 14th Street, N.W.; Room 9820Washington, D.C. 20570202-273-1960http://www.nlrb.gov/about_us/inspector_general/index.aspx Inspector Generalís Hotline800-736-2983† Send Complaint to:National Labor Relations BoardOffice of Inspector General1099 14th Street NW, Suite 982Washington, DC 20573Email: OIGHOTLINE@nlrb.govOnline Complaint form: http://www.nlrb.gov/about_us/inspector_general/index.aspx
National Science FoundationChristine C. Boesz, Inspector General 4201 Wilson Boulevard; Room 1135Arlington, VA 22230703-292-7100http://www.nsf.gov/oig/Inspector Generalís Hotline800-428-2189http://www.nsf.gov/oig/hotline.jspSend Complaints to:National Science Foundation4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1135Arlington, VA. 22230ATTN: OIG HOTLINEOnline complaint form http://www.nsf.gov/oig/hotline_form.jsp Email: OIG@NSF.GOV
Nuclear Regulatory CommissionThe Honorable Hubert T. Bell, Inspector General 11545 Rockville Pike, Mail Stop O-5E13Rockville, MD 20852301-415-5930http://www.ignet.gov/internal/nrc/nrc.html Inspector Generalís Hotline800-233-3497http://www.nrc.gov/insp-gen/oighotline.htmlSend Complaint to:U.S. Nuclear Regulatory CommissionOffice of the Inspector GeneralHotline ProgramMail Stop O5-E1311555 Rockville PikeRockville, MD 20852Online complaint form http://www.nrc.gov/insp-gen/complaint.html
Office of Personnel ManagementThe Honorable Patrick E. McFarland, Inspector General 1900 E Street, N.W.; Room 6400Washington, D.C. 20415-0001202-606-1200http://www.opm.gov/oig/Inspector Generalís HotlineFraud, Waste and Abuse: 202-606-2423Health Care Fraud Hotline: 202-418-3300† http://www.opm.gov/oig/html/hotline.asp Send Complaint to:OPM Office of the Inspector General1900 E Street NW Rm #6400Washington, DC 20415-0001
Peace CorpsKathy A. Buller, Inspector General 1111 20th Street, N.W.Washington, DC 20526202-692-2900http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.whatispc.management.inspgen Inspector Generalís Hotline800-233-5874
Pension Benefit Guaranty CorporationRebecca Anne Batts, Inspector General 1200 K Street, N.W.; Suite 470Washington, D.C. 20005202-326-4000, x3437http://oig.pbgc.gov/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-303-9737http://oig.pbgc.gov/investigation/details.html Send Complaint to:Pension Benefit Guaranty CorporationOffice of Inspector General HotlineP.O. Box 34177Washington, D.C. 20043-4177
Postal Regulatory CommissionJack Callender, Inspector General 901 New York Ave N.W.; Suite 230Washington, D.C. 20268202-789-6817http://www.prc.gov/prc-pages/about/offices/office.aspx?office=oig&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 Inspector Generalís Hotline202-789-6817Send Complain to:PRC Office of Inspector GeneralP.O. Box 50264Washington, DC 20091Online complaint form http://www.prc.gov/prc-pages/about/offices/contactOIG.aspxEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Postal ServiceDave Williams, Inspector General 1735 North Lynn StreetArlington, VA 22209-2005703-248-2300http://www.uspsoig.gov/Inspector Generalís Hotline888-877-7644† http://www.uspsoig.gov/hotline.htmSend Complaint to:U.S. Postal Service1735 N. Lynn StreetArlington, VA 22209-2020Online complaint http://www.uspsoig.gov/hotline_form_new.htm
Railroad Retirement BoardThe Honorable Martin J. Dickman, Inspector General 844 North Rush Street; Room 450Chicago, IL 60611312-751-4690http://www.rrb.gov/mep/oig.asp Inspector Generalís Hotline800-772-4258Send Complaint to:RRB-OIG Hotline Officer844 North Rush Street, 4th FloorChicago, IL† 60611-2092 Hotline complaint form http://www.rrb.gov/pdf/oig/OnlineComplaint.pdf
Securities and Exchange CommissionDavid Kotz, Inspector General 100 F Street, N.E.Washington, D.C. 20549-2736202-551-6060http://www.sec-oig.gov/ Inspector Generalís Hotline877-442-0854http://www.sec-oig.gov/OOI/Hotline.html Online complaint form https://www.reportlineweb.com/Welcome.aspx?Client=SEC_OIG
Small Business AdministrationPeter McClintock, Acting Inspector General 409 3rd Street, S.W.; 7th FloorWashington, D.C. 20416202-205-6586http://www.sba.gov/IG/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-767-0385202-205-7151http://www.sba.gov/IG/hotline.htmlSend Complaint to:Small Business AdministrationOffice of Inspector GeneralInvestigations DivisionMail Code: 4113409 Third Street, S.W.Washington, DC 20416
Smithsonian InstitutionA. Sprightley Ryan, Inspector General MRC 524; PO Box 37012Washington, D.C. 20013-0712202-633-7050http://www.si.edu/oig/ Inspector Generalís Hotline202-252-0321Send Complaint to:Office of the Inspector GeneralSmithsonian InstitutionMRC 524 PO Box 37012Washington DC 20013-0712Online complaint form http://www.si.edu/oig/form.asp
Social Security AdministrationThe Honorable Patrick P. O'Carroll, Inspector General 6401 Security Boulevard; Suite 300Baltimore, MD 21235410-966-8385http://www.ssa.gov/oig/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-269-0271† http://www.ssa.gov/oig/hotline/index.htmSend Complaint to:Social Security Fraud HotlineP.O. Box 17768Baltimore, Maryland 21235Online complaint form https://www.socialsecurity.gov/oig/public_fraud_reporting/form.htm
Special Inspector General for Iraq ReconstructionStuart W. Bowen, Jr, Inspector General 400 Army-Navy DriveArlington, VA. 22202-4704703-428-1057Inspector Generalís Hotline866-301-2003www.cpa-ig.org/submit_fraud.htmlSend Complaint to:SIGIR Hotline400 Army-Navy DriveArlington, VA 22202-4704 Online complaint form http://www.sigir.mil/inspections/hotline/hotline.aspx
U.S. Department of StateAmbassador Harold W. Geisel, Acting Inspector General 2201 C Street, N.W.; Suite 8100, SA-3Washington, D.C. 20522-0308202-663-0361http://oig.state.gov/Inspector Generalís Hotline202-647-3320800-409-9926† http://oig.state.gov/hotline/index.htm Send Complaint to:Office of Inspector GeneralHOTLINEP.O. Box 9778Arlington, Virginia 22219Email: email@example.com
Tennessee Valley AuthorityThe Honorable Richard Moore, Inspector General 400 West Summit Hill DriveKnoxville, TN 37902-1499865-633-7300http://oig.tva.gov/ Inspector Generalís Hotline877-866-7840http://oig.tva.gov/empowerline.htm
U.S. Department of TransportationThe Honorable Calvin L. Scovel, III, Inspector General 1200 New Jersey Ave, SEWashington, D.C. 20590202-366-1959http://www.oig.dot.gov/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-424-9071202-366-1461† http://www.oig.dot.gov/HotlineSend Complaints to:DOT Inspector GeneralP.O. Box 708Fredericksburg, VA 22404Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Department of TreasuryThe Honorable Eric M. Thorson, Inspector General 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20220202-622-1090http://www.ustreas.gov/inspector-general/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-359-3898http://www.ustreas.gov/inspector-general/hotline.shtml Send Complaints to: Treasury HotlineOffice of Inspector General1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NWWashington, D.C. 20220 Online complaint form http://www.ustreas.gov/inspector-general/hotline.shtml
Treasury Inspector General for Tax AdministrationThe Honorable J. Russell George, Inspector General 700A; 1125 15th Street, NWWashington, DC 20005202-622-6500http://www.treas.gov/tigta/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-366-4484http://www.treas.gov/tigta/contact_report.shtmlSend Complaint to:Treasury Inspector General for Tax AdministrationHotlineP.O. Box 589Ben Franklin StationWashington, DC 20044-0589 Online complaint form http://www.treas.gov/tigta/contact_report.shtml#theform
U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsThe Honorable George Opfer, Inspector General 810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20420202-461-4720http://www.va.gov/oig/ Inspector Generalís Hotline800-488-8244http://www.va.gov/oig/contacts/hotline.aspSend Complaints to:VA Inspector General Hotline (53E)P.O. Box 50410Washington, DC† 20091Email: email@example.com
The Government Accountability Office has established a new hotline for reporting small business fraud and abuse for some specific small business programs including:
†*The Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program (HUBZone)†*The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business procurement program†*The 8(a) Business Program
To report potential fraud or abuse in these programs, send an e-mail, with as much information as possible, to firstname.lastname@example.org.† GAO is investigating these programs after uncovering evidence in July 2008 that the HUBZone program is vulnerable to fraud and abuse. Specifically, GAO found that 10 companies it reviewed continued to participate in the HUBZone program even though they did not meet program requirements. In total, these companies were awarded more than $100 million in federal contracts in 2006 and 2007.
AlabamaState Attorney GeneralTroy King500 Dexter Ave.Montgomery, AL† 36130334-242-7300http://www.ago.state.al.us
AlaskaState Attorney GeneralTalis ColbergP.O. Box 110300, Diamond CourthouseJuneau, AK 99811-0300907-465-3600http://www.law.state.ak.us/
American SamoaState Attorney GeneralFepuleaíA RipleyAmerican Samoa Gov't, Exec. Ofc. Bldg, UtuleiTerritory of American Samoa, Pago Pago, AS 96799684-633-4163http://www.samoanet.com/asg/asgdla97.html
ArizonaState Attorney GeneralTerry Goddard1275 W. Washington St.Phoenix, AZ 85007602-542-4266http://www.azag.gov/
ArkansasState Attorney GeneralDustin McDaniel200 Tower Bldg., 323 Center St.Little Rock, AR 72201-2610800-482-8982http://www.ag.arkansas.gov/
CaliforniaState Attorney GeneralEdmund Brown1300 I St., Ste. 1740Sacramento, CA 95814916-445-9555http://ag.ca.gov
Bureau of State Audits555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300Sacramento, CA 95814800-952-5665http://www.bsa.ca.gov/hotline/ The Bureau of State Audits administers California's Whistleblower Hotline. The hotline enables state employees and the public to report improper acts committed by state agencies, departments, or employees, as defined by law.† Online complaint form at http://www.bsa.ca.gov/contactus/complaint.php
ColoradoState Attorney GeneralJohn Suthers1525 Sherman StreetDenver, CO 80203303-866-4500http://www.ago.state.co.us/index.cfm
ConnecticutState Attorney GeneralRichard Blumenthal55 Elm St.Hartford, CT 06141-0120860-808-5318800-797-1702http://www.ct.gov/ag/The Attorney Generalís Whistleblower Unit investigates information communicated to the Auditors of Public Accounts or the Attorney General regarding corruption, unethical practices, violation of state laws or regulations, mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority and danger to the public safety occurring in any state agency, quasi public agency or large state contracts.†
DelawareState Attorney GeneralJoseph BidenCarvel State Office Bldg.820 N. French St.Wilmington, DE 19801302-577-8338http://attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/
District of ColumbiaState Attorney GeneralPeter NicklesJohn A. Wilson Building1350 PA Ave, NW Suite 409Washington, DC 20009202-727-3400http://occ.dc.gov
FloridaState Attorney GeneralBill McCollumThe Capitol, PL 01Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050850-414-3300http://myfloridalegal.com/
Office of Inspector GeneralFlorida Department of StateClifton Building, Suite 3202661 Executive Center CircleTallahassee, FL 32301800-543-5353 850-922-1060The Office of the Chief Inspector General, Executive Office of the Governor, operates the state employee Whistle Blower hotline. The hotline is maintained to provide state employees with the opportunity to report significant instances of waste, misconduct, or mismanagement with their respective Departments without fear of retaliation.
GeorgiaState Attorney GeneralThurbert Baker40 Capitol Square, SWAtlanta, GA 30334-1300404-656-3300http://ganet.org/ago/
Office of the Inspector GeneralState of Georgia2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SW1102 West TowerAtlanta, GA 30334866-HELP OIGFax:† 404-657-9716http://oig.georgia.gov/02/oig/home/0,2219,1586806,00.htmlOnline complaint form: http://oig.georgia.gov/00/agency/contact_us/0,2688,1586806_1594644,00.html They only have jurisdiction to investigate allegations of fraud, waste, abuse and corruption within the Executive Branch of Georgia State Government. They do not have jurisdiction to investigate: the Judicial Branch (lawyers, judges and prosecutors), the Legislature, and local government entities (example:† police departments, school boards, county government offices).
GuamState Attorney GeneralAlicia LimtiacoJudicial Center Bldg., Ste. 2-200E120 W. O'Brien Dr.Hagatna, Guam 96910671-475-3409http://www.guamattorneygeneral.com/
HawaiiState Attorney GeneralMark Bennett425 Queen St.Honolulu, HI 96813808-586-1500http://www.hawaii.gov/ag/
IdahoState Attorney GeneralLawrence WasdenStatehouseBoise, ID 83720-1000208-334-2400http://www2.state.id.us/ag/
IllinoisState Attorney GeneralLisa MadiganJames R. Thompson Ctr.100 W. Randolph St.Chicago, IL 60601312-814-3000http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/
Office of Executive Inspector General32 West Randolph StreetSuite 1900Chicago, IL 60601General Number: 312-814-5600Hotline Number: 866-814-1113http://inspectorgeneral.il.gov/Complaints regarding allegations of State employee misconduct, fraud, waste, etc., can be made to the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor by anyone. However, the complaint must relate to the official conduct of a State employee of a State agency, board, commission, State public university or Illinois community college district under the jurisdiction of the OEIG or a person or entity (such as a vendor of the State) doing business with an employee or State agency under the jurisdiction of the OEIG.
IndianaState Attorney GeneralSteve CarterIndiana Government Center South - 5th Floor402 West Washington StreetIndianapolis, IN 46204317-232-6201http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/
Office of the Inspector General150 West Market Street, Room 414Indianapolis, IN 46204317-232-3850http://www.in.gov/ig/Online complaint form: http://www.in.gov/ig/hotline.html They only have jurisdiction to investigate criminal, ethics, and efficiency violations in the Executive Branch of Indiana Government and its administrative agencies.† They do not have jurisdiction to investigate the Judicial Branch (lawyers, judges and prosecutors), the Legislature or local government entities (for example: police departments, school boards or county government offices)
IowaState Attorney GeneralTom MillerHoover State Office Bldg.1305 E. WalnutDes Moines, IA 50319515-281-5164http://www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.org
KansasState Attorney GeneralSteve Six120 S.W. 10th Ave., 2nd Fl.Topeka, KS 66612-1597785-296-2215http://www.ksag.org/home/
KentuckyState Attorney GeneralJack Conway700 Capitol AvenueCapitol Building, Suite 118Frankfort, KY 40601502-696-5300http://ag.ky.gov/
LouisianaState Attorney GeneralJames CaldwellP.O. Box 94095Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4095225-326-6000http://www.ag.state.la.us/
State Inspector GeneralStephen B. Street, Jr.Office of State Inspector GeneralP.O. Box 94095Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9095866-801-2549http://doa.louisiana.gov/oig/inspector.htmOnline Complaint form: http://wwwprd.doa.louisiana.gov/leoformtest/igcomplaintform.pdf Any person, including public employees, may file complaints or provide information concerning the operation of state government with the Office of State Inspector General.
MaineState Attorney GeneralG. Steven RoweState House Station 6Augusta, ME 04333207-626-8800http://www.state.me.us/ag
MarylandState Attorney GeneralDouglas Gansler200 St. Paul PlaceBaltimore, MD 21202-2202410-576-6300http://www.oag.state.md.us
MassachusettsState Attorney GeneralMartha Coakley1 Ashburton PlaceBoston, MA 02108-1698617-727-2200http://www.mass.gov/ago/
Office of the Inspector GeneralJohn W. McCormack State Office BuildingOne Ashburton Place, Room 1311Boston, MA 02108800-322-1323http://www.mass.gov/ig/
MichiganState Attorney GeneralMike CoxP.O.Box 30212525 W. Ottawa St.Lansing, MI 48909-0212517-373-1110http://www.michigan.gov/ag
MinnesotaState Attorney GeneralLori SwansonState Capitol, Ste. 102St. Paul, MN 55155651-296-3353http://www.ag.state.mn.us
MississippiState Attorney GeneralJim HoodDepartment of JusticeP.O. Box 220Jackson, MS 37205-0220601-359-3680http://www.ago.state.ms.us/
MissouriState Attorney GeneralJeremiah NixonSupreme Ct. Bldg.207 W. High St.Jefferson City, MO 65101573-751-3321http://ago.mo.gov/
MontanaState Attorney GeneralMike McGrathJustice Bldg.215 N. SandersHelena, MT 59620-1401406-444-2026http://www.doj.mt.gov
NebraskaState Attorney GeneralJon BruningState CapitolP.O.Box 98920Lincoln, NE 68509-8920402-471-2682http://www.ago.state.ne.us/
NevadaState Attorney GeneralCatherine MastoOld Supreme Ct. Bldg.100 N. Carson St.Carson City, NV 89701775-684-1100http://ag.state.nv.us/
New HampshireState Attorney GeneralKelly AyotteState House Annex33 Capitol St.Concord, NH 03301-6397603-271-3658http://www.state.nh.us/nhdoj/
New JerseyState Attorney GeneralAnne MilgramRichard J. Hughes Justice Complex25 Market St.CN 080Trenton, NJ 08625609-292-8740http://www.state.nj.us/lps/
Office of the Inspector GeneralP.O. Box 208Trenton, NJ 08625-0208609-292-8183Hotline: 866-633-6585Fax: 609-984-3990 E-mail: Inspectorgeneral@oig.state.nj.ushttp://www.nj.gov/oig/ Online complaint form: http://www.nj.gov/oig/complaint.htmlThe Office of the Inspector General is dedicated to seeking out waste, mismanagement and fraud in government spending and ensuring the accountability and integrity of all state agencies. This office will: review procurement and public contracts; receive complaints; and perform investigations to make certain that programs are in compliance with State laws.
New MexicoState Attorney GeneralGary KingP.O. Drawer 1508Sante Fe, NM 87504-1508505-827-6000http://www.nmag.gov/
New YorkState Attorney GeneralAndrew CuomoDept. of Law - The Capitol, 2nd fl.Albany, NY 12224518-474-7330http://www.oag.state.ny.us
State Inspector GeneralEmpire State PlazaAgency Building 2, 16th FloorAlbany, NY 12223800-DO-RIGHT (1-800-367-4448)http://www.ig.state.ny.us/complaints/fileComplaint.htmlOnline complaint form: http://www.ig.state.ny.us/complaints/onLineComplaint.html New York State government employees, by the terms of Executive Law Article 4-A have an obligation to report to us any information regarding alleged corruption, fraud, criminal activity, conflicts of interest or abuse by another State employee or a person having business dealings with the State.
North CarolinaState Attorney GeneralRoy CooperDept. of JusticeP.O.Box 629Raleigh, NC 27602-0629919-716-6400www.ncdoj.gov
North DakotaState Attorney GeneralWayne StenehjemState Capitol600 E. Boulevard Ave.Bismarck, ND 58505-0040701-328-2210http://www.ag.state.nd.us
Northern Mariana IslandsState Attorney GeneralOffice of the Attorney General N. Mariana IslandsAdministration BuildingSaipan, MP 96950701-328-2210http://www.cnmiago.gov/mp/
OhioState Attorney GeneralNancy RogersState Office Tower30 E. Broad St.Columbus, OH 43266-0410614-466-4320http://www.ag.state.oh.us
Office of Ohio Inspector GeneralJames A. Rhodes State Office Tower30 East Broad Street - Suite 1820Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414614-644-9110 800-686-1525Fax: 614-644-9504http://watchdog.ohio.gov/Online Complaint form: http://watchdog.ohio.gov/complaint_form.pdf Ohio law gives the Office of the Inspector General authority to investigate allegations of wrongful acts or omissions committed by state officers or employees. Any individual with information regarding acts of wrongdoing by a state official or agency may file a complaint with this office.
OklahomaState Attorney GeneralW.A. Drew EdmondsonState Capitol, Rm. 1122300 N. Lincoln Blvd.Oklahoma City, OK 73105405-521-3921http://www.oag.state.ok.us
OregonState Attorney GeneralHardy MyersJustice Bldg.1162 Court St., NESalem, OR 97301503-378-4732http://www.doj.state.or.us
PennsylvaniaState Attorney GeneralTom Corbett1600 Strawberry SquareHarrisburg, PA† 17120717-787-3391http://www.attorneygeneral.gov
Office of Inspector GeneralExecutive House, 3rd Floor101 South Second StreetHarrisburg, PA 17101-2524717-772-2644877-888-7927http://www.oig.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt? Online complaint form: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=3775&&PageID=417678&mode=2
Puerto RicoState Attorney GeneralRoberto Sanchez-RamosGPO Box 902192San Juan, PR 00902-0192787-721-2900http://www.justicia.gobierno.pr
Rhode IslandState Attorney GeneralPatrick Lynch150 S. Main St.Providence, RI† 02903401-274-4400http://www.riag.state.ri.us
South CarolinaState Attorney GeneralHenry McMasterRembert C. Dennis Office Bldg.P.O.Box 11549Columbia, SC 29211-1549803-734-3970http://www.scattorneygeneral.org
South DakotaState Attorney GeneralLarry Long1302 East Highway 14, Suite 1Pierre, SD 57501-8501605-773-3215http://www.state.sd.us/attorney/
TennesseeState Attorney GeneralRobert Cooper500 Charlotte Ave.Nashville, TN 37243615-741-5860http://www.attorneygeneral.state.tn.us
TexasState Attorney GeneralGreg AbbottCapitol StationP.O.Box 12548Austin, TX 78711-2548512-463-2100http://www.oag.state.tx.us
UtahState Attorney GeneralMark ShurtleffState Capitol, Rm. 236Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0810801-538-9600http://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/
VermontState Attorney GeneralWilliam Sorrell109 State St.Montpelier, VT 05609-1001802-828-3173http://www.atg.state.vt.us/
Virgin IslandsState Attorney GeneralVincent FrazerDept. of JusticeG.E.R.S. Complex 488-50C Kronprinsdens GadeSt. Thomas, VI 00802340-774-5666
VirginiaState Attorney GeneralBob McDonnell900 E. Main St.Richmond, VA 23219804-786-071http://www.oag.state.va.us
Washington State Attorney GeneralRob McKenna1125 Washington St. SEPO Box 40100Olympia, WA 98504-0100360-753-6200http://www.atg.wa.gov/
West VirginiaState Attorney GeneralDarrell McGrawState Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.Charleston, WV 25305304-558-2021http://www.wvago.us/
WisconsinState Attorney GeneralJ.B. VanHollenState Capitol, Ste. 114 E.P.O.Box 7857Madison, WI 53707-7857608-266-1221http://www.doj.state.wi.us
WyomingState Attorney GeneralBruce SalzburgState Capitol Bldg.Cheyenne, WY 82002307-777-7841http://attorneygeneral.state.wy.us
You have a right to a safe and healthful workplace. That's why Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, requiring employers to provide workplaces free from serious recognized hazards and to comply with occupational safety and health standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants every worker to go home whole and healthy every day. The agency was created by Congress to help protect workers by setting and enforcing workplace safety and health standards and by providing safety and health information, training and assistance to workers and employers.
If you work in the private sector, you are covered by an OSHA regional office under federal OSHA or an OSHA program operated by your state government. Public sector workers in states that run their own OSHA programs are covered by those states. Public sector workers are not covered in states under federal OSHA jurisdiction. To find a local office click here http://www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html
The Occupational Safety and Health Act authorizes states to establish their own safety and health programs with OSHA approval. Twenty-three states operate state OSHA programs covering private sector workers as well as state and local government employees. (In addition, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey cover state and local government employees only). State OSHA programs must be at least as effective as the federal program and provide similar protections for workers. Some states set their own standards; others adopt federal rules. All state programs conduct inspections and respond to worker complaints. All states also provide other safety and health services, such as on-site consultation for small businesses.
The following states have approved State Plans:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.†
NOTE: The Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Virgin Islands plans cover public sector (State & local government) employment only.†† A link to each stateís plan can be found at http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/index.html†
Federal workers are covered by their agencies. By Presidential Executive Order, federal agencies must maintain an effective safety and health program that meets the same standard as private employers. But federal agencies cannot be fined for violating health and safety standards, except for the U.S. Postal Service, which now falls directly under OSHA's jurisdiction and is treated as a private employer.
OSHA requires workers to comply with all safety and health standards that apply to their actions on the job. Employees should:
*Read the OSHA poster.*Follow the employer's safety and health rules and wear or use all required gear and equipment.*Follow safe work practices for your job, as directed by your employer.*Report hazardous conditions to a supervisor or safety committee.*Report hazardous conditions to OSHA, if employers do not fix them.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace free of recognized hazards and to follow OSHA standards. Employers' responsibilities also include providing training, medical examinations and recordkeeping.
OSHA issues standards or rules to protect workers against many hazards on the job. These standards limit the amount of hazardous chemicals workers can be exposed to, require the use of certain safety practices and equipment, and require employers to monitor hazards and maintain records of workplace injuries and illnesses. Employers can be cited and fined if they do not comply with OSHA standards. It is also possible for an employer to be cited under OSHA's General Duty Clause, which requires employers to keep their workplaces free of serious recognized hazards. This clause is generally cited when no OSHA standard applies to the hazard.
If you believe working conditions are unsafe or unhealthful, we recommend that you bring the conditions to your employer's attention, if possible. Your employer may want to contact OSHA or your state consultation service in order to gather information about how to improve working conditions.
You may file a complaint with OSHA concerning a hazardous working condition at any time. However, you should not leave the worksite merely because you have filed a complaint. If the condition clearly presents a risk of death or serious physical harm, there is not sufficient time for OSHA to inspect, and, where possible, you have brought the condition to the attention of your employer, you may have a legal right to refuse to work in a situation in which you would be exposed to the hazard.
You may file a complaint with OSHA if you believe there may be a violation of an OSHA standard or a serious safety or health hazard at work. You may request that your name not be revealed to your employer. You can file a complaint on this web site at http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/complain.html , in writing or by telephone to the nearest OSHA area office (located at http://www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html). You may also call the office and speak with an OSHA compliance officer about a hazard, violation, or the process for filing a complaint.
The OSH Act and other laws protect workers who complain to their employer, union, OSHA or other government agencies about unsafe or unhealthful conditions in the workplace or environmental problems. You cannot be transferred, denied a raise, have your hours reduced, be fired, or punished in any other way because you have exercised any right afforded to you under the OSH Act. Help is available from OSHA for whistleblowers. But complaints about discrimination must be filed as soon as possibleĖwithin 30 days of the alleged reprisal for most complaints.
A person filing a complaint of discrimination or retaliation will be required to show that he or she engaged in protected activity, the employer knew about that activity, the employer subjected him or her to an adverse employment action, and the protected activity contributed to the adverse action. Adverse employment action is generally defined as a material change in the terms or conditions of employment. Depending upon the circumstances of the case, "discrimination" can include:
ē†Firing or laying offē†Blacklistingē†Demotingē†Denying overtime or promotionē†Discipliningē†Denial of benefitsē†Failure to hire or rehireē†Intimidationē†Reassignment affecting prospects for promotionē†Reducing pay or hours
Most discrimination complaints fall under the OSH Act, which gives you only 30 days to report discrimination. Some of the other laws have complaint-filing deadlines that differ from OSHA's, so be sure to check.† To find a local office click here http://www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html
For more information contact Occupational Safety & Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210-800-321-OSHA (6742); http://www.osha.gov/index.html