The SIGPR hotline provides a confidential, reliable means to report violations of law, rule, or regulation; fraud, waste, and abuse; or other criminal or administrative misconduct that involve the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding, personnel, or operations.
The hotline may be used for unclassified information only. To submit classified information, contact the hotline at (202) 927-7899 for further instructions.
The more information you provide, the better we will be able to determine appropriate measures to address your concerns.
If possible, you should include information that answers the following questions:
- What exactly was the wrongdoing that took place?
- Where did this wrongdoing take place?
- When did the wrongdoing happen?
- Who may be a witness to this wrongdoing beside you?
- Who committed the wrongdoing (name of person, company or organization)?
In addition, please include information about any other potential leads, documents, or evidence that may be helpful.
You may provide information anonymously, but you should be aware that if we require further information to assess your complaint, we may not be able to act on your report.
What to Expect After Reporting Information to the Hotline
Upon receipt of your information, SIGPR may take any one of the following actions.
- Open an investigation, audit, evaluation, or special review;
- Refer the matter to the appropriate government body for review and action; or
- Refer the information to another office of inspector general for appropriate review and action.
If the information we receive does not have enough detail for us to proceed or if we cannot assess the merit of the information, we may postpone taking action until further, specific details are reported.
If you have provided your identify, unless you are contacted directly by one of our special agents or other staff, there will be no communication from our office to you except for correspondence that may advise you that your matter has been referred to another federal or law enforcement agency, or to another entity.
The information you provide will be processed according to our internal policies and guidelines, and appropriate action will be taken pursuant to those policies and guideline. The decision to take action relating to a hotline report through an investigation, audit, special review, or otherwise is made solely by SIGPR.
While we appreciate the information you report, we will not provide you with the "status" of any action(s) taken as the result of your report. You may, however, request information by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Please email SIGPR-FOIA-Request@sigpr.gov to submit a FOIA request for SIGPR records. Due to privacy concerns, you will not generally be entitled to receive information on disciplinary or adverse action taken against specific individuals involved in an SIGPR investigation.
Thank you for reporting your concerns to us and for your participation in preventing waste, fraud and abuse.
What to Report to the SIGPR Hotline
Examples of violations include:
- Violation(s) of the 2020 CARES Act
- False Statements and False Claims
- Bribery, Kickbacks, and Gratuities
- False Loan Application
- Whistleblower Reprisals
- Conflicts of interest and Ethical Violations
- Contract and Procurement Fraud
What NOT to Report to the SIGPR Hotline
Certain matters may be better resolved through other channels, instead of the SIGPR hotline.
The following matters are NOT generally investigated by the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery:
- 911 Emergencies
- Treasury job opportunities
- Treasury Incentive Awards Program suggestions
- Personnel matters involving requests for individual relief
- Employment related grievances and complaints against management officials
- Complaints of Equal Employment Opportunity discrimination
- Treasury Contractor Compliance and Disclosure requirements
- Pay and allowance matters
What to Expect After Filing a Complaint
Here are some consideration points regarding what to expect after you file a hotline complaint:
- Unless you are contacted directly by one of our staff, there will be no communication from our office, outside of correspondence which may advise you that your matter has been referred to the cognizant entity for appropriate action, where, and if applicable.
- Federal regulations prohibit the disclosure of information contained in investigative and law enforcement records, even to the individual submitting the allegation(s).
- Our office will NOT provide anyone, to include the source of the complaint, with the status of action(s) taken on any allegation. This includes details pertaining to the processing of your complaint. The information you provide will be handled according to our internal policies and guidelines, and appropriate action will be taken, as determined.
- Once a file is closed, results may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).