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Why

Cost Mischarging. A source alleged DEFENSE HOTLINE PROGRAM Should You


that employees of a small research The Defense Hotline is an important Contact
and development firm were directed avenue for reporting fraud waste, The Defense
to charge time worked to a fixed- and mismanagement. Between 1985
price, Government contract. The and 2007, DoD Hotline received Hotline?
contractor also improperly charged more than 310,000 calls and letters.
excess rental space and general and As a result, the government saved or
administrative expenses to overhead. recovered $490 million from allega-
An investigation corroborated the tions received by the DoD Hotline.
initial allegation. Management More importantly, many of the cases
pleaded guilty and was fined resulted in safer products and equip-
$123,760. User agencies were pro- ment for our military personnel.
vided copies of the criminal charges,
statements of facts, and plea agree-
ments, with regard to possible debar- (
ment of the firm.
Abuse of authority,
Product Substitution. A criminal inves- Mismanagement,
tigation by the DoD Inspector Gen- Fraud, &. Waste
eral found that a contractor had used
nonconforming material in the man-
ufacture of protective insulation for
the electronic wiring harnesses of the
M-l Abrams tank. One company offi-
cial pled guilty to misprision of a
felony and was sentenced to three
years in prison, fined $2,500, and Defense Hotline
made restitution of $2,000. A civil The Pentagon Because Their Lives
suit against a second employee result- Washington D.C.
20301-1900
Could Depend on it!
ed in the court awarding the Govern-
ment $799,292 in damages. Addition-
hotline@dodig.mil Inspector General
ally, five company employees were
www.dodig.mil/hotline Department of Defense
barred from doing further business
with the Government. Total fines,
restitution, and fees awarded to the
Government is $842,227.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE WHAT SHOULD BE REPORTED? WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN
DEFENSE HOTLINE? YOU CALL THE HOTLINE?
. Contract and procurement
The Hotline program provides an irregularities: A thorough interview by the Hotline
opportunity to report significant investigator. You will be asked to pro-
instances of fraud, waste, abuse of
. Cost/labor mischarging
vide information that will help the
authority, and mismanagement. Defective pricing
investigator piece together the facts
Defective parts
of the situation (who, what, when,
WHO OPERATESTHE HOTLINE? Bid rigging
Product substitution where, why) and assessthe estimated
dollar loss to the Government.
The Office of the Inspector Spare parts overpricing
General, Department of Defense, An evaluation of your complaint will
Washington, DC. . Bribery and acceptance of
be made to determine if an investiga-
gratuities
Calls are taken by highly skilled tion is warranted or if you need to
and trained investigators with pro- refer the matter to other authorities.
fessional expertise in the areas of
. Significant casesof
audit, contracts, security, inspec-
mismanagement Your call will be handled with com-
tions, and criminal investigations. . Conflicts of interest plete confidentiality and you may
remain anonymous.
WHO MAY USE THE HOTLINE? . Travel (TDY) fraud
Anyone making a report to the Hot-
DoD civilian and military personnel, . Abuse of authority line will be protected from reprisal.
Defense contractor employees, as
well as private citizens. . Theft and abuse of You may call back to the Hotline to
Government property learn how your report was handled.
WHEN SHOULD YOU CALL?
RESULTS
nMinor incidents of the offenses list-
Immediately! Disclosure should be ed above or misuse of Government
made as soon as information is ProductSubstitution. It was alleged
available. vehicles should be reported to your that a company provided foreign-
local Inspector General, military made material on DoD contracts
Telephone lines are open Monday- investigative service, or military with Buy-American Act provisions.
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. police unit. Personnel matters The critical material was noncon-
Eastern time. involving requests for individual forming and defective. The company
relief should be handled through and its president were debarred.
the appropriate grievance process.