As an Air National Guard Group Commander and Federal Director I told a Major General the truth when he questioned me. I believe others were also honest. Sometime later someone filed an anonymous IG complaint. Because a Major General was involved, the IG Investigator was a high ranking Senior Executive Service Civilian. I have known dozens of IG’s, she is the Only honest one I ever knew. I also know she was pressured not to substantiate the reprisal charges. Eventually a Department of Defense report stated that I made protected disclosures to the Major General and suffered reprisals as a result.
After that report came out the real reprisals began. I received lowered performance reports and letters of reprimand. All because I would not lie. After the reprisals got worse I just took it with a smile.
Later in my career a complaint was filed against one of my men alleging sexual harassment. A female Lieutenant Colonel was assigned to investigate. I am reasonably sure he was guilty. When the IG briefed me on her findings she told me she could not substantiate the charges and quipped, “That’s what you wanted to hear isn’t it?” I told her I wanted to hear the truth.
Eventually I was promoted to Full Colonel and GM-14 anyway. The likelihood of a Whistleblower being promoted is on the order of winning the lottery. Just before I retired I was offered a Brigadier General position. I declined.
The IG System itself is Pure Fraud and a major reason Fraud, Waste and Abuse are legendary in the government and military. The IG works for the agency and almost NEVER substantiates fraud, waste & abuse if it reflects badly on the agency.
The Government Accountability Office and Congressman Darrell Issa’s Government Oversight Committee are the ONLY trustworthy Fraud, Waste & Abuse fighters. Please support them.