Lawful whistleblowing is getting the right information to the right people. When you have a reasonable belief that wrongdoing is occurring, you have a duty to report it. The following are examples of wrongdoing and the right information that needs to be reported.
These must be significant violations, not disputes over policy, management, or direction.
These must be significant and clear risks or dangers.
Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA) of 1998 provides a secure means for employees to report to Congress allegations regarding classified information. The ICWPA is a statute that provides a process by which employees, or contractor employees, of IC elements can report matters of "urgent concern" to the .
An "urgent concern" is defined as:
If you have information which meets any of the above three criteria, contact the ICIG or DoD IG regarding how to file an ICWPA disclosure.
Providing classified or sensitive information to those without a security clearance and a need-to-know may constitute an unauthorized disclosure. Unauthorized disclosures are illegal and can cause grave damage to National Security.
The following are authorized recipients of Protected Disclosures.