What is Fraud, Waste, and Abuse?

June 21, 2024 in News, RBN Updates by RBN Staff






Defense Intelligence Agency
Office of the Inspector General

The Office of the Inspector General

The Defense intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is one of 74 Federal statutory Inspectors General (IGs) established by the IG Act of 1978, as amended. The IG Act contains provisions for OIG independence, the objectivity of OIG work, and safeguards against efforts to impair that objectivity or hinder OIG operations. Mr. Jeremy Kirkland became the Inspector General on June 4, 2023.


The Audits Division conducts independent, objective, and nonpartisan oversight of the stewardship, performance, or cost of DIA’s operations, programs, and policies. Audits provide essential accountability and transparency over government programs and enable decisionmakers to improve program performance and operations, reduce costs, facilitate decision making by parties responsible for overseeing or initiating corrective action, and contribute to public accountability.

Inspections and Evaluations

The Inspections and Evaluations (I&E) Division conducts systematic and independent assessments of the design, implementation, and outcome of DIA’s operations, programs, or policies. The division provides a flexible and effective mechanism for conducting oversight with a multi-disciplinary staff and multiple data gathering and analysis methodologies. Inspections and evaluations provide factual and analytical information, measure performance, assess internal controls, assess allegations of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement, as well as identify savings opportunities, highlight best practices, and determine compliance with applicable law, regulation, and policy.


The Investigations Division conducts proactive and reactive administrative and criminal investigations to detect, deter, and report fraud, waste, and abuse within DIA; develops sufficient evidence to successfully resolve all allegations and facilitate successful criminal prosecution or management-directed disciplinary action; and identifies and reports internal control weaknesses that could render DIA programs and systems vulnerable to exploitation. The Investigations Division, at its discretion, may support Agency Intelligence Oversight interests that are grounded in Executive Order 12333, “United States Intelligence Activities,” as amended, which establishes broad principles for the appropriate conduct of intelligence activities.

Hotline Program

The Hotline Program is a confidential and reliable means for DIA employees and the public to report fraud, waste, mismanagement, and abuse of authority. The program’s primary role is to receive and evaluate concerns and complaints and determine whether an investigation, audit, inspection, or evaluation is warranted, and, if not, refer the matter to the Agency or the responsible office or agency that is best suited to take appropriate action.

Management and Administration

The Management and Administration (M&A) Division provides advisement, guidance, and integrated institutional support on key mission-critical functions that enable OIG components to conduct their work efficiently and effectively. This responsibility includes providing management of budget and acquisition, human resources, space, information technology, and staff operations, such as administrative support services, production, and editorial support. M&A strives to create and improve administrative and business processes to meet the challenges of a dynamic working environment.


In addition to the IG and Deputy IG, Headquarters is comprised of those functions that directly support the IG and Deputy: the Counsel to the IG (IGC), Strategy and Performance Management, and Data Analytics Team (DAT). The IGC provides independent and objective legal advice and counsel to the IG directly and all OIG elements on a variety of legal and policy issues that impact the OIG mission. The IGC is also responsible for to respond to all requests for OIG records submitted pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act or the Privacy Act. The Strategy Team manages the office’s strategic planning process that implements the IG’s priorities, to include the office strategy and implementation plans, annual guidance, programming, branding, messaging, and outreach with stakeholders. DAT applies business analytics to analyze historical data, gain new insights, improve strategic decision-making, and drive process improvements within OIG.

The DIA Hotline

Are you aware of fraud, waste, or abuse in a DIA program? The DIA Hotline is a confidential channel for reporting that information. Anyone, inside or outside of government, who suspects fraud, waste, or abuse related to DIA programs, personnel, and operations should report that information to our office.

What is Fraud, Waste, and Abuse?

Fraud: Any intentional deception designed to unlawfully deprive the United States of something of value or to secure a benefit, privilege, allowance, or consideration for an individual from the United States that he or she is not entitled to. Such practices include, but are not limited to, the offer, payment, or acceptance of bribes or gratuities; making false statements; submitting false claims; evading or corrupting inspectors or other officials; deceit either by suppressing the truth or misrepresenting material fact; adulterating or substituting materials; falsifying records and books of accounts; arranging for secret profits, kickbacks, or commissions; and conspiring to use any of these devices. The term also includes conflict of interest cases, criminal irregularities, and the unauthorized disclosure of official information relating to procurement and disposal matters.

Waste: The extravagant careless or needless expenditure of Government funds, or the consumption of Government property that results from deficient practices, systems, controls, or decisions. The term also includes improper practices not involving prosecutable fraud.

Abuse: The intentional or improper use of Government resources that can include the excessive or improper use of one’s position in a manner contrary to its rightful or legally intended use. Examples include misuse of rank, position, or authority or misuse of Government resources for oneself or another.

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
to Report to the DIA Hotline

  • Bribery and acceptance of gratuities
  • Whistleblower reprisals
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Unauthorized use of DIA technology systems
  • Government travel or purchase card fraud
  • Cost or labor mischarging
  • Health and safety issues
  • Contract and procurement fraud
  • Leaks of classified information
  • Abuse of authority or power
  • Time and labor fraud
  • Violations of policy, procedures, and regulations


Information to Report to Other Authorities

  • Minor incidents of time and attendance abuse–Employee’s supervisory chain.
  • Employment-related grievances and complaints against management officials–DIA Office of Human Resources or the Office of the Ombudsman
  • Appraisals/Performance management–DIA Office of Human Resources
  • Employment policy questions–DIA Office of Human Resources
  • Pay and allowance matters–DIA Office of Human Resources
  • Complaints regarding discrimination and hostile work environments–DIA Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office
  • Security matters and Counterintelligence–DIA Office of Security or Office of Counterintelligence

Your Report: What to Include and Where it Goes

Provide as much information as possible (names of alleged offenders and victims and leads on any applicable data, documentation, or other evidence).
Investigators will assess each complaint and either handle it directly or refer it to the appropriate management official. If we determine that an issue should be referred to an outside organization, such as the Department of Defense Inspector General or a service investigative element, we will monitor the issue until it is resolved.

How to file an unclassified complaint

***Please note that we cannot accept classified complaints utilizing any of these procedures. Classified complaints must be made via classified networks, a secure communications device, or in person.***

 Via Phone: Call 202-231-1000.
 Via email: Download the complaint form located here to your computer. Fill out the complaint form on your computer, and then email it to IG_Hotline@dodiis.mil.
 Via fax: Download the complaint form located here to your computer. Fill out the complaint form on your computer. Then print it out and fax it to 202-231-1020.
 Via U.S. Mail: Download the complaint form located here to your computer. Fill out the complaint form on your computer. Then print it out and mail the completed form to:

Defense Intelligence Agency
7400 Pentagon
Office of the Inspector General
Washington, DC  20301-7400