Published March 27, 2019
Providing programs to address personal complaints, Fraud, Waste, Abuse, Congressional/high-level inquiries, and special interest items.
FW&A Hotline: 813-828-4961 or 5137
Who May File Air Force IG Complaints?
Any Air Force Military or civilian member may file an IG complaint. However, many Department of the Air Force (DAF) civilian complaints (e.g., discrimination, sexual harassment, and conditions of employment) must be addressed by agencies other than the IG (see the table below). Anyone, including civilians with no Air Force affiliation, may file Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (FWA) disclosures. Depending on the circumstances, the IG may also accept complaints from dependents or relatives of active duty members and retirees and their dependents. However, it’s always best for the actual "victim" or person who witnessed the alleged wrongdoing to file the complaint. If you have a concern and are unsure if you should file a complaint, contact us at 828-4961 or 5137 for guidance.
What Types of Complaints Are Appropriate?
Any FWA and violations of law, Air Force instructions, or policy should be reported through the appropriate grievance channels. The subject of your complaint must be an Air Force program or person. Bear in mind, however, the fact that you may disagree with your supervisor(s) over management styles or have what you believe is a "personality conflict" does not constitute an injustice or mismanagement. If you are not sure your concern is a reportable matter, please contact us for guidance. (See AFI 90-301, Paragraph 2.3)
When Are IG Complaints Appropriate?
Individuals should attempt to resolve FWA issues and personal complaints at the lowest possible level, using command channels before elevating them to the next higher level or to the IG. Further, complaints must be promptly filed within IG, command, or other grievance channels. IGs may dismiss a complaint if there is no FWA, recognizable wrong or violation of law, regulation, or policy. Also, complaints more than 60 days from date of occurrence may be dismissed, unless there are extraordinary circumstances or special Air Force interests to justify an investigation. Remember, the sooner a complaint is filed, the better the chances are to resolve the matter. (See AFI 90-301, Paragraphs 2.1.2 and 2.5.2)
Where (i.e., "With Whom") Should Complaints be Filed?
Complaints may be file complaints through an IG Complaints Hotline, the DoD Hotline, or directly with an IG. Complainants may file anonymously.
You may submit your complaint to any IG at any level, including the Secretary of the Air Force Inspector General (SAF/IGQ) and the Inspector General, Department of Defense (IG, DoD). However, AFI 90-301 encourages complainants to resolve complaints at the lowest level. (See AFI 90-301, Paragraph 2.1.2.)
If a policy directive or instruction provides a specific means of appeal or redress of a grievance, you must exhaust those appeal procedures before submitting a complaint to an IG. Further, you must be able to allege that the process was mishandled or handled prejudicially before an IG will process a complaint of mishandling. Mere dissatisfaction with the outcome of an appeal is not sufficient basis for an IG investigation. (See AFI 90-301, Paragraphs 2.3.1., 18.104.22.168. and 22.214.171.124.)
How Should Complaints be Filed?
You should provide factual and relevant information related to the issue or complaint, preferably by completing (and signing) AF Form 102, Inspector General Complaint Form (available on E-pubs). However, if you do not have immediate access to an AF Form 102, briefly outline the facts and relevant background information related to the issue or complaint on the AF Form 102 in chronological order. The complainant should include witnesses who can corroborate the allegations or provide additional evidence relevant to the issues. The complainant is responsible for describing what each recommended witness can provide regarding the issues and/or allegations.
IGs cannot delay command and personnel actions based on the filing of an IG complaint or the initiation of an IG investigation. Filing an IG complaint will not delay or prevent completion of command actions such as reassignment, retirement, discharge, nonjudicial punishment, etc., unless deemed necessary by appropriate commanders. (See AFI 90-301, Paragraph 2.7.1.)
6th AMW IG Contact Info
1902 Golf Course Rd. Bldg. 72
MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5208
DSN: 968-4961/5137 Comm: 813-828-4961/5137
If you feel you cannot discuss your concern with us, you may contact higher-level IGs. To assist you with this regard, following are the addresses and telephone numbers for the Secretary of the Air Force and Department of Defense complaint offices:
HQ AMC Inspector General
501 POW/MIA Drive
Bldg P40S, Rm S1023
Scott AFB, IL 62225
DSN: 779-0446 Comm: 618-229-0446
Secretary of the Air Force Inspector General SAF/IGQ
1140 Air Force Pentagon
Washington DC 20330-1140 FWA Hotline:
DSN 227-1061, or 1-800-538-8429
Fax: DSN 426-2555, or Commercial (703) 696-2555
Department of Defense
(DoD) Inspector General Department of Defense
Attention: DoD Hotline
1900 Defense Pentagon
Washington DC 20301-1900
FWA Hotline: DSN 223-5080, also1-800-424-9098