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    Office of the Inspector General

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Office of Inspector General is the designated agent for receipt and investigation of allegations of fraud, waste and abuse for the Commanding Officer, NRL. The OIG depends upon the NRL military and civilian workforce, contractors, and the public to report their concerns regarding suspected fraud, waste, abuse and gross mismanagement involving NRL programs, funds, or operations.

Everyone is encouraged to be vigilant to the possibility of fraud, waste or abuse and related improprieties, and to report these suspicions to the OIG.

The OIG will determine whether the concerns constitute wrong-doing and/or violations of laws, rules or regulations.

The OIG is also the designated agent at NRL for initial receipt of allegations regarding scientific research misconduct. Allegations of scientific research misconduct include fabrication, falsification or plagiarism in proposing, performing or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. These concerns will be referred to the Office of Naval Research Office of Inspector General for resolution and disposition.

You may contact the OIG to report a concern via telephone or in person, or you may call the OIG Hotline and leave a recorded message. If calling the Hotline, 202-767-6543, please provide as much detailed information as possible. Please include as many of the "6W's" as possible:

  • Who: (Full name, position title, command/agency where the person(s) involved work)
  • What: (What you believe is wrong or inappropriate?)
  • When: (Dates and times when the issues arose or were observed)
  • Where: (Place where the issue is occurring, including specific building/room numbers or site locations)
  • Why: (In your opinion, why do you believe this is wrong?)
  • Witnesses: (Who else knows about this, or could provide additional information on the matter?)

Any information you report will be treated as confidential, but you may also report information anonymously. We would greatly appreciate contact information in case there are follow-up questions and information needed. We will not ask for any personal information, or your reasons for reporting, only information pertaining to the complaint. You may also submit a complaint via fax or email. Consent and Complaint forms are also available via downloadable PDFs below:

The best way to have some issues resolved:

Some issues are easier to resolve by contacting the agency responsible.  If you are experiencing problems related to any of the listed areas at
avenues of redress. please contact the “Agency to resolve the issue.”

Submit an IG Hotline Complaint: 

For more information how to submit a complaint, please review the
NRL Confidential Fraud Hotline informational brochure [PDF]

24/7 Telephone Hotline Recorder: 202-767-6543

Mail a Complaint:
Inspector General
Naval Research Laboratory, Code 1000.1
4555 Overlook Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20375-5321

Additional Resources: 

Whistleblower Reprisal Complaints (Civilian & Military):

In addition to the NRL IG, see also www.osc.gov for information on prohibited personnel practices or whistleblower protections. The Whistleblower Protection Coordinator (WPC) educates DOD employees on reporting fraud, waste, and abuse within the DOD and the means by which they may seek a review of reprisal allegations. Please review the video below to learn more about DOD OIG Whistleblower Protection.

If you believe you have been reprised against as a result of protected communications/protected disclosures, please click HERE to submit a complaint.



Allegations of Misconduct by Senior Officials: 

Investigations of Senior Officials promotes public confidence in the Department of Defense and its leadership by ensuring that allegations against senior officials are investigated promptly, thoroughly, and impartially. A Senior Official is an active duty, retired, or reserve military officer in grades O-7 and above; an officer selected for promotion to O-7 whose name is on the O-7 Promotion Board Report forwarded to SECNAV; a current or former member of the Senior Executive Service (SES); a current or former DON civilian employee whose position is deemed equivalent to that of a member of the SES; or, a current or former presidential appointee.

If you suspect misconduct by Senior Official, please file a complaint through the DoDIG at
DoD Hotline Complaint.

Related Sites:

    DOD Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline



The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General was established in 1982. The mission of the DoD OIG, as established by the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, (5 U.S.C. Appendix); and implemented by DoD Directive 5106.01, "Inspector General of the Department of Defense," is to serve as an independent and objective office within the DoD.