The Department of Defense’s Inspector General (DoDIG) is appointed by the President or by the agency heads, who are themselves appointed by the President. The DoDIG is supposed to operate independently of the Department of Defense to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse through audits and investigations. The DOD’s Inspector General is in charge of keeping the department head and the Congress informed about agency problems and deficiencies. The Inspector General is considered a watchdog for Congress concerning the performance within the DoD.
The Office of Inspector General is in charge of monitoring the activities of the internal audit, inspection, and investigating units of the military departments, with the goal of avoiding duplication and insuring effective coordination and cooperation.
The Inspector General Act of 1978 was the foundation of the office of inspector general and was created to look over the entire Department of Defense. The office was actually created by the 1983 DOD Authorization Act. The DoDIG is equivalent to other cabinet level inspector general offices and provides Congress with oversight of the uniformed Services and their respective inspector general systems.
The Office of Inspector General is organized into six main offices:
With whistleblower protection, military members now have the option of directly contacting their Military Inspector General or reporting their complaints to the DoDIG Director for military reprisal investigations through the defense hotline. The DoDIG website includes a link where
of mismanagement, fraud, waste and authority abuse can be made. DoDIG also has a defense hotline where complaints can made, (800) 424-9098 or an email complaint can be sent to
Inspector General Claude M. Kicklighter has refused to investigate Halliburton/KBR on gang-rape allegations made by former employee Jaime Leigh Jones. Jones reported that she had been gang-raped by her co-workers at Halliburton while working in Baghdad. Kicklighter, as well as other members of the Bush Administration, has reportedly been uncooperative throughout the investigation. Lawmakers, including Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Bill Nelson, have been pushing the administration to reveal why an earlier investigation had not led to any prosecution. When Nelson asked Kicklighter to look into the matter, Kicklighter responded that “no further investigation by this agency into the allegations made by Jones is warranted.” Some suspect that the Inspector General has not taken the initiative to look into this case because of the possibility that Jones’ assault may not be an isolated case.
(by Justin Rood, ABC News)
(by John A. Byrne, Business Week)
After more than three years as Inspector General, Joseph Schmitz resigned in September 2005 to become chief operation officer and general counsel for the Prince Group, which owns the security contractor Blackwater Worldwide.