Whistleblower Protection: DOD Needs to Enhance Oversight of Military Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Whistleblowers play an important role in safeguarding the federal government against waste, fraud, and abuse. However, reporting wrongdoing outside the chain of command conflicts with military guidance, which emphasizes using the chain of command to resolve problems. Whistleblowers who make a report risk reprisal from their unit, such as being demoted or separated. DODIG is responsible for conducting and overseeing military whistleblower reprisal investigations. GAO was asked to examine DODs oversight of military whistleblower reprisal investigations.
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