An overview of whistleblowing and whistleblower protections

This website provides a general overview of lawful whistleblowing in the Intelligence Community (IC) and explains how individuals lawfully disclose critical information to authorized recipients while protecting national security equities.

"For the first time in over 50 years, employees and contractors working in the National Security arena have statutory protections for lawfully blowing the whistle."

A Message from the Intelligence Community Inspector General

As the Acting Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (IC IG), I am pleased to present the first Intelligence Community (IC) website dedicated to providing information on whistleblower protections for IC personnel and those with access to classified information.

In 2012, President Obama signed Presidential Policy Directive 19 (PPD-19), Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information, to provide uniform whistleblower protections for IC employees and those with access to classified information. Since that time IC whistleblower protections have grown. Congress saw the impact of PPD-19 and took initiative to codify significant portions by amending the National Security Act of 1947 in 2014, 2015, and 2018. For the first time in over 50 years, employees and contractors working in National Security have statutory protections for lawfully blowing the whistle.

Inspectors General (IGs) in the IC play a significant role in enforcing these protections, which prohibit certain actions against whistleblowers who are often faced with the dilemma of how to blow the whistle in a world where secrecy is a necessity. I chair the Intelligence Community Inspectors General Forum, a statutory body composed of IC IGs who work together to address issues of common concern. In 2012, the Forum members committed to enforcing protections for IC employees and Federal personnel with access to classified information who properly report allegations of fraud, waste, gross mismanagement, or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. By raising awareness, standardizing IG review practices, and increasing IG training on the new protections, the Forum members have enhanced whistleblower protection programs across the landscape of our national security.

In offices across the IC, fraud, waste, and abuse are unfortunate realities. Because you, the workforce, are closest to the issues that threaten the National Security mission, it is vitally important that you know where to bring information you believe warrants reporting. Equally important is knowing where to go if you suspect you have suffered reprisal for making such a report (aka "blowing the whistle"). This website provides essential information on how to blow the whistle in a manner that protects both you, as a potential IC whistleblower, as well as classified or sensitive information involved. On behalf of the IC IGs, we hope you find this website useful and express our deep gratitude and thanks for your service to our Nation.

What is Whistleblowing?

In broad terms, lawful whistleblowing is the process through which an individual provides the right information to the right people while protecting national security equities from unauthorized disclosure.

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What Should I Report?

Lawful whistleblowing provides information about wrongdoing within the IC to those who can take action.

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How Do I Blow the Whistle?

Lawful whistleblowing occurs when an individual discloses information that he or she reasonably believes evidences wrongdoing to an authorized recipient.

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What Are My Whistleblower Protections?

There are specific protections for IC employees, civilians, contractors, and military personnel who make Protected Disclosures.

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IC Leadership Support

Dan Coats

Director of National Intelligence

Sue Gordon

Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

IG Leadership Support

Michael Horowitz

IG Department of Justice

Susan Gibson

IG National Reconnaissance Office

Eric Thorson

IG Department of Treasury