Oversight of the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General’s Military Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations

Subcommittee on National Security
Subcommittee on National Security
Hearing Date: September 7, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General’s (DODIG) efforts to ensure compliance with the statutory notification requirement, develop an implementation plan for expanding the IG’s case management system, and issue guidance governing the oversight process.
  • To examine the DODIG’s performance in working with and protecting whistleblowers.


  • The DODIG is responsible for conducting military whistleblower reprisal investigations.
  •  The Government Accountability Office released a report finding that DODIG:
    • rarely met internal timeliness requirements for completing military whistleblower reprisal investigations in FY 2013 and 2014; and
    •  used a new case management system that does not support complete oversight of service military reprisal investigations.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Representative Ryan Zinke Member of Congress Montana (At-Large) I Document
The Honorable Glenn Fine Principal Deputy Inspector General U.S. Department of Defense II Document
Ms. Lori Atkinson Assistant Director, Defense Capabilities and Management U.S. Government Accountability Office II Document
Ms. Mandy Smithberger Director, Straus Military Reform Project Project On Government Oversight II Document

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