An overview of whistleblowing and whistleblower protections

This website provides a general overview of lawful whistleblowing in the Intelligence Community (IC) and explains how individuals lawfully disclose critical information to authorized recipients while protecting national security equities.

A Message from the Intelligence Community Inspector General

Welcome to the Intelligence Community (IC) Whistleblowing website. If you are visiting this website because you are considering whether to make a protected disclosure, or because you are interested in learning more about them, you should know that whistleblowing has a long history in this country. Over 240 years ago, on July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress unanimously enacted the first whistleblower legislation in the United States, proclaiming that "it is the duty of all persons in service of the United States, as well as all other the inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states, which comes to their knowledge." To this day, Federal law (including the Constitution, rules, and regulations) encourages, consistent with the protection of classified information (including sources and methods of detection of classified information), the honest and good faith reporting of misconduct, fraud, misdemeanors, and other crimes to the appropriate authority at the earliest time possible.

Consistent with that tradition and public policy, this website provides a general overview of lawful whistleblowing in the IC. It explains how individuals may lawfully disclose critical information to authorized recipients while protecting national security. You will find information about what lawful whistleblowing is; what individuals should report; how to blow the whistle lawfully; who handles a whistleblower complaint; why we have a whistleblower program; and what an individual's whistleblower protections are.

Whistleblowers are a key source of information for countering wrongdoing and enhancing the effectiveness of our government. Lawful whistleblowing through authorized disclosures, and passing the right information to the right people, reinforces our public policy of encouraging individuals working for our government, and particularly within our IC, to provide patriotic dissent while maintaining loyalty to individual elements within the IC and protecting national security.

Regardless of your reason for visiting this website, I hope you find its information helpful. To close on another historical note, I keep on my desk a plaque with a quote from Benjamin Franklin - a former government employee - who began his day by asking "What good shall I do this day?" Reporting wrongdoing through authorized means is not only a public and patriotic duty with a long tradition in this country, it is a good that can be done today.

What is Whistleblowing?

In broad terms, lawful whistleblowing is the process through which an individual provides the right information to the right people while protecting national security equities from unauthorized disclosure.

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What Should I Report?

Lawful whistleblowing provides information about wrongdoing within the IC to those who can take action.

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How Do I Blow the Whistle?

Lawful whistleblowing occurs when an individual discloses information that he or she reasonably believes evidences wrongdoing to an authorized recipient.

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What Are My Whistleblower Protections?

There are specific protections for IC employees, civilians, contractors, and military personnel who make Protected Disclosures.

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