Reporting fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement
The U.S. Department of Transportation's 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 Transportation programs or operations. You may report such allegations through the contact information listed on this page. Allegations may be reported by U.S. DOT employees, contractors or general public. OIGís hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is operated by a third-party contractor.
The OIG hotline is obligated to expeditiously forward all safety-related complaints to the U.S. DOTís safety regulatory agencies.
Issues that should be reported
- Contract, procurement and grant fraud
- 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
- Travel fraud
- Theft and/or abuse of government property
- Stimulus abuse: American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009 (ARRA) violations
- Other violations of federal laws and regulations
Callers are encouraged to provide relevant and specific details of their complaints, including the identity of the person, company or organization alleged to have engaged in wrongdoing; a description of the alleged impropriety; the U.S. DOT facility and/or program affected by the alleged misconduct; contract numbers; date(s) of alleged wrongdoing; how the caller is aware of the alleged impropriety; the identity of potential witnesses; and identity and location of supporting documentation.
Upon receipt of a specific allegation of fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement, the OIG may take any one of the following actions: (1) open an investigation or audit; (2) refer the matter to U.S. DOT management for appropriate review and action; or (3) refer the allegation to another federal agency. Allegations with limited specificity or merit may be held in abeyance until further, specific details are reported.
Callers may remain anonymous
Individuals who contact the hotline, via telephone or letter, are not required to identify themselves to the hotline operator. However, persons who report allegations are encouraged to identify themselves in the event additional questions arise as the OIG evaluates or pursues their allegations.
The OIG will protect the identity of complainants to the maximum extent possible by law. Confidentiality is established by Section 7(b) of the Inspector General Act of 1978, which precludes the OIG from disclosing the identity of a U.S. DOT employee who reports an allegation or provides information, without the employee's consent, unless the OIG determines that disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the investigation. Non-U.S. Department of Transportation employees who report allegations may specifically request confidentiality.
If you want to report an allegation of fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement regarding a U.S. Department of Transportation-funded program, you may do so by using one of the following methods:
- Online complaint form
- Call 800-424-9071 (toll free)
- Fax your concerns to 540-373-2090
- E-mail your concerns to email@example.com
- Mail your concerns to: U.S. DOT Inspector General, P.O. Box 708, Fredericksburg, VA 22404
GAO Fraud Hotline
The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) has also created a stimulus fraud hotline, FraudNet, for citizens in all 50 states to report allegations of fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement of federal stimulus funds. The public can call 800-424-5454 or send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, www.gao.gov/fraudnet.htm is able to process allegations.