The Inspector General (IG) community just added a new bell and whistle to its Oversight.gov website – a whistleblower resource page. The page was launched last week, in conjunction with National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.
Oversight.gov was unveiled over two years ago by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), an independent federal entity representing 74 Offices of Inspector General. The site houses the latest public reports from federal IGs who are members of CIGIE. While these Inspectors General post their reports to their respective websites, Oversight.gov lets you sort, search, and filter across agencies.
The new whistleblower resource page, created by CIGIE and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), provides information to whistleblowers to ensure they know the avenues available to report wrongdoing. The online resource also directs whistleblowers to the correct venue for filing a complaint about any ensuing retaliation they may experience.
CIGIE also released a new report to illustrate the importance of coming forward to report misconduct. From ensuring that veterans receive timely access to health care, to protecting the integrity of our financial institutions, the OIG investigations, audits, and reviews highlighted in the CIGIE report were initiated or advanced because of a whistleblower.
Those reports, along with examples of OIG efforts to protect whistleblowers from retaliation, are available on Oversight.gov, which is dedicated to fostering transparency in government.
IGs serve as watchdogs inside government agencies. Each year, IGs identify billions of dollars in potential taxpayer savings, conduct investigations that promote accountability, and make thousands of recommendations to improve operations. Go to Oversight.gov to see that for the fourth consecutive year, the IG community identified over $25 billion in potential savings.
Here at the U.S. Postal Service OIG, our mission is to ensure efficiency, accountability, and integrity in America’s postal service, its revenue and assets, and its employees. We also help maintain confidence in the postal system and improve the Postal Service’s bottom line. We do this through independent audits and investigations – in fiscal year 2018 we issued 166 products and closed 2,712 investigations.