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 Report Fraud, Waste, Abuse, & Whistleblower Reprisal

What Kinds of Things Should You Report?

If you know of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement in Department of Commerce programs and operations, report it to the OIG Hotline. This includes alleged/suspected wrongdoing by Department of Commerce employees, contractors, grantees, recipients of financial assistance, and others involved in the Department's programs and operations.

In May 2014, OIG entered into an agreement with the Denali Commission to provide a full range of inspector general services, including investigating hotline complaints. Denali Commission employees, contractors, grantees, recipients of financial assistance, and others involved in the Commission's programs and operations should use the resources listed below to report Commission-related suspected fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement. All of the language on this site applies to Commission-related complaints.

If you suspect that you have been retaliated against for whistleblowing, please contact the OIG Hotline or the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. For further information, please see OIG's Whistleblower Protection Program page.

Please note that OIG does not have authority to investigate EEO complaints, which may be filed by contacting the Department of Commerce, Office of Civil Rights.

Whether you report allegations via the online complaint form, phone, fax, mail, e-mail, or in person, OIG will not disclose your identity without your consent, unless the Inspector General determines such disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the investigation.

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Contact the Hotline 

Hotline Complaint Form

Submit a complaint using our online Complaint Form.


Note: Because the Internet is not secure, it is possible, though unlikely, that e-mail complaints may be read by persons other than your intended source. If you are concerned about this you may choose to mail or call us. Please do not include Personally Identifiable Information (PII) through the website or via e-mail. PII is considered to be items containing Social Security numbers, dates of birth, credit card and passport numbers, or other personally identifying information that could adversely affect an individual. E-mails and web submissions containing such information will be blocked by our system administrator and will not be processed by our Complaint Department. Should you desire to provide this information, please contact the Hotline by telephone at the numbers listed below.


  • Toll Free 800.424.5197
  • In the DC metro area 202.482.2495
  • TTD Toll Free 855.860.6950
  • TTD in the DC metro area 202.482.5923


Office of Inspector General
Complaint Intake Unit, Mail Stop 7886
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20230


  • 855.569.9235

OIG's Whistleblower Protection Program

Visit OIG's Whistleblower Protection Program page for an overview of the program and ombudsman responsibilities as well as information about filing whistleblower reprisal complaints, Whistleblower Protection Agency certification, and nondisclosure agreements.