Lawful whistleblowing is getting the right information to the right people. When you have a reasonable belief that wrongdoing is occurring, you have a duty to report it. The following are examples of wrongdoing and the right information that needs to be reported.

Examples include:

  • Allegations of criminal activity
  • Serious, work-related misconduct involving IC programs or activities
  • Contract or procurement fraud
  • Computer crimes
  • Bribery, kickbacks, or gratuities
  • False statements or false claims
  • Conflicts of interest or ethics violations
  • Travel fraud
  • Theft or abuse of government property
  • Whistleblower reprisal
  • These must be significant violations, not disputes over policy, management, or direction.

    These must be significant and clear risks or dangers.

    Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA) of 1998 provides a secure means for employees to report to Congress allegations regarding classified information. The ICWPA is a statute that provides a process by which employees, or contractor employees, of IC elements can report matters of "urgent concern" to the .

    An "urgent concern" is defined as:

    • A serious or flagrant problem, abuse, violation of law or executive order, or deficiency relating to the funding, administration, or operation of an intelligence activity involving classified information, but does not include differences of opinion concerning public policy matters.
    • A false statement to Congress, or a willful withholding from Congress, on an issue of material fact relating to the funding, administration, or operation of an intelligence activity.
    • An action constituting reprisal or threat of reprisal in response to an employee reporting an urgent concern.

    If you have information which meets any of the above three criteria, contact the ICIG or DoD IG regarding how to file an ICWPA disclosure.

    Providing classified or sensitive information to those without a security clearance and a need-to-know may constitute an unauthorized disclosure. Unauthorized disclosures are illegal and can cause grave damage to National Security.

    The following are authorized recipients of Protected Disclosures.

    Immediate government supervisor, anyone in the employee's government Chain of Command, Head of Agency, Director of National Intelligence (DNI), or Designees for these officials.
    Your agency or department IG or the ICIG may receive information relating to a wrongdoing within the IC.