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Department of Homeland Security OIG

The DHS OIG conducts and supervises independent audits, investigations, and inspections of the programs and operations of DHS, and recommends ways for DHS to carry out its responsibilities in the most effective, efficient, and economical manner possible. We also seek to deter, identify and address fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and waste of taxpayer funds invested in Homeland Security.

Agencies Overseen: 

Department of Homeland Security

What to Report to the OIG Hotline: 

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline is a resource for Federal employees and the public to report allegations of employee corruption, civil rights and civil liberties abuses, program fraud and financial crimes, and miscellaneous criminal and non-criminal activity associated with waste, abuse or fraud affecting the programs and operations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

An individual may also report to the DHS OIG Hotline any information that an employee, former employee, applicant, or contractor reasonably believes is evidence of any of the following:
Violation of any law, rule or regulation;
Gross mismanagement;
Gross waste of funds;
Abuse of authority; or
Substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

DHS employees and contractors may also contact the DHS OIG Hotline if an adverse personnel action has been taken, or threatened against them, in retaliation or reprisal for a protected disclosure that was made prior to the adverse personnel action.

What Not to report to the OIG Hotline : 

The following matters are not generally investigated by DHS OIG:

911 emergencies

EEO complaints

Classified information

To report undocumented immigrants, employers who hire undocumented immigrants or immigration irregularities or violations (not involving DHS employees) please call the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE to report suspicious activity. For more information click here:

For questions and information regarding the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), please call the CBP INFO Center. The Center is open Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT. You can ask your question via email or by calling 1-877-CBP-5511.If you are outside the U.S. you must call 202-325-8000 or click here for additional information:

To determine the status of immigration matters or seek assistance in the immigration process, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.For more information, click here: