The DHS Office of Inspector General has designated a Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman, as required by law.Employees of DHS and its contractors, subcontractors, and grantees perform an important service by reporting what they reasonably believe to be evidence of wrongdoing, and they should never be subject to or threatened with reprisal for doing so. The OIG’s Whistleblower Ombudsperson program carries out a number of key functions, including:


  • Educating DHS employees and managers about prohibitions on retaliation for protected disclosures, and employees who have made or are contemplating making a protected disclosure about the rights and remedies against retaliation for protected disclosures;


  • Ensuring that the OIG is promptly and thoroughly reviewing complaints that it receives, and that it is getting back to whistleblowers in a timely fashion; and


  • Coordinating with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, other agencies, and non-governmental organizations on relevant matters.


The information and linked materials accessible from this page are intended to serve as educational tools for DHS employees and supervisors about whistleblower protections.


The Ombudsman cannot act as a legal representative, agent, or advocate for DHS employees. If you have questions or concerns regarding specific situations, it may be advisable to seek help or representation from a union representative, if applicable, or from outside legal counsel.


May be an employee, former employee, or applicant who discloses information that she/he reasonably believes is evidence of:


  • Violation of any law, rule or regulation;


  • Gross mismanagement;


  • Gross waste of funds;


  • Substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.


James Gaughran, DHS Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman.

To file a complaint with the OIG, please submit the complaint through the OIG Hotline.



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