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Department of Energy OIG


Agencies Overseen: 

Department of Energy

What to Report to the OIG Hotline: 

The Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General (OIG) maintains a Hotline to facilitate the reporting of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs or operations. If you wish to report such allegations, you may call, send a letter, submit an online complaint, or email the OIG Hotline. Allegations may be reported by DOE employees, DOE contractors, or the general public.

What to report to the Department of Energy’s OIG Hotline
• Abuse of funds
• Contract, Procurement, and Grant Fraud
• Gross mismanagement and/or abuse of authority relating to federal contract or grant
• Environment, Health, and Safety Violations
• Computer Crimes
• Product Substitution and Suspect/Counterfeit Parts
• Bribery, Kickbacks, and Gratuities
• False Statements and False Claims
• Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Violations
• Theft and/or Abuse of Government Property
• Violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a federal contract or grant
• Whistleblower retaliation (if you are a contract employee or grantee)
• Other Violations of Federal Laws and Regulations
• Tips or information related to Criminal Wrongdoing

What Not to report to the OIG Hotline : 

What not to report to the Department of Energy’s OIG Hotline
• Allegations of discrimination on the basis of race; color; religion; sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation); national origin; age (40 and over); disability (physical and/or mental); genetic information; or retaliation for prior EEO activity
The Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity is available to better assist in these circumstances

• Employment related grievances and complaints that concern environment, safety, health, or management of Department operations
The Department of Energy’s Employee Concerns Program has been established to afford the free and open expression of employee concerns and provides DOE federal, contractor, and subcontractor employees with an independent avenue to raise any concern related, but not limited, to the environment, safety, health, and management.

• Differences of professional opinions
The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental, Health, Safety and Security has established the Differing Professional Opinions process to facilitate these complaints.

• Telephonic phone scams related to energy products or services
The Federal Trade Commission handles these type complaints

• Issues with utility bills or your electric service
In these circumstances, you need to contact your utility provider or local utility board, if provided