How do I file/submit a complaint to an
Inspector General (IG)?
A complaint, allegation, and/or request for assistance can be
presented to an IG:
- In person or by Mail to the following
address:1301 N. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL
- Telephone: Commercial (217) 761-3730, DSN
What is an Inspector General Action
DA Form 1559-R?
An IGAR is an Inspector General Action Request, DA Form 1559- R.
A Complainant completes the IGAR, presents it to an IG, who in
turn initiates the appropriate action. You can download a DA
Form 1559-R on this web site or visit our office and fill one
out in person. When completing an IGAR, please include as much
DETAIL as possible. (who, what, when, where, how, etc). This
allows the IG to conduct a thorough inquiry.
Who can submit an IGAR?
You do not have to be in or associated with the military to
submit an IGAR. Anyone can submit an IGAR as long as it concerns
an activity of the U.S. Government, specifically the U.S. Army
and/or it’s members.
What problems/issues can I present the
Any problems/issues concerning the U.S. Army and/or its members
may be presented to an IG. Law and statute restrict what
Inspectors General can do in the areas of Civilian Personnel,
Legal, and Equal Opportunity/Equal Employment Opportunity
Can I talk to an Inspector General "off
Information provided to an Inspector General is NEVER OFF THE
RECORD. However, we attempt to maintain confidentiality.
Can I be disciplined for contacting an
NO. Contact with an IG is a "protected communication". A
supervisor or employee who reprises against an employee for
contacting an IG faces possible punishment for violation of the
statutory prohibition against reprisal for whistleblowing.
Can an Inspector General order my
supervisor to fix a problem?
NO! An Inspector General belongs to the Commander’s Personal
Staff. The IG has NO command authority. Therefore, we report,
and make recommendations to the Commander for his action.
Can I obtain the results of an Inspector
General’s investigation/inquiry that I initiated?
The initiator of an IG investigation/inquiry will be informed
upon the completion of an investigation/inquiry of the results
as they pertain to the initiator. An individual may request IG
records through the Freedom of Information Act by writing to the
IG Office of record. However, due to concerns regarding
confidentiality, they are not allowed to obtain the results of
an investigation/inquiry concerning third parties. (Privacy Act
of 1974 and Army Regulation20-1).