Frequently Asked Questions
Pursuant to the Inspector General Reform Act of 2008, Public Law 110-409, the Integrity
Committee (IC) of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency
(CIGIE) is charged with receiving, reviewing, and referring for investigation, where
appropriate, allegations of administrative (non-criminal) misconduct against Inspectors
General (IGs), and, designated senior staff members of the Office of Inspector General.
The IC's memberships consists of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's representative
to the CIGIE, who serves as Chairperson of the IC; The Special Counsel of the Office
of Special Counsel, the Director of the Office of Government Ethics; and 4 IG's from
The IC meets quarterly, or as appropriate, to review new allegations. Complaints that fall
under the purview of the IC are assigned a tracking number and will be added to the next
IC meeting agenda.
Complaints must fall within a "Threshold Standard" before the IC will consider further
review of the allegation. The Threshold Standard is a violation of any law, rule or
regulation, or gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds or abuse of authority or
conduct so serious that it may undermine the independence or integrity reasonably
expected of an IG or OIG senior staffer.
Matters Falling Outside the IC's Purview:
The IC does not have purview regarding whistleblower retaliation or discrimination
matters. Whistleblower retaliation matters fall within the purview of the U.S.
Office of Special Counsel. Discrimination matters generally fall with the purview
of the agency's Equal Employment Opportunity Office or the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission and is forwarded to the appropriate agency.
Complaints must be submitted in writing to the Integrity Committee at:
935 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20535-0001
Phone Number: 202-324-3768
Complaints may be submitted through the IC Complaint E-mail Tip Line at:
All complaints are reviewed on a quarterly basis and the disposition of the complaint
will be forwarded to the complainant (unless anonymous) when the complaint is closed
U.S. Office of Special Counsel
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency