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Air Force Inspector General

Air Force Inspector General Handles Allegations

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The Air Force inspector general’s office is the ombudsman for investigating allegations of favoritism, sexual harassment and reprisal. The office handles fraud, waste and abuse concerns at the unit level in the U.S. Air Force. It also inspects units for compliance and efficiency.

Field-operating agencies report to the Air Force inspector general:

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is headquartered at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. It investigates and resolves crimes against people and property; threats to information systems and technology; and fraudulent activity in acquisitions and other economic crimes, among other things.

The Air Force Inspection Agency, at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., serves as a kind of efficiency expert, assessing Air Force leadership and management. It also handles health-service inspections and complex complaint investigations.

The IG’s office investigates complaints lodged against senior officials as well. In 2004, for instance, the office investigated allegations that Air Force Judge Advocate General Thomas Fiscus had affairs with or pursued 13 subordinates. As a result of the office’s findings, Fiscus was reduced in rank to colonel for conduct unbecoming an officer and was forced to retire.

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