Report violations of Laws and Regulations relating to USDA Programs if you witness, reasonably suspect, or have knowledge of any of the following:

  • Criminal Activity, such as: Bribery, Smuggling, Theft, Fraud, Endangerment of Public Health or Safety
  • Mismanagement/Waste of Funds
  • Workplace Violence
  • Employee Misconduct
  • Conflict of Interest

Online:

www.usda.gov/oig/hotline.htm

Write:

United States Department of Agriculture

Office of Inspector General

P.O. Box 23399

Washington, DC 20026-3399

Fax: 

(202) 690-2474

Call: 

(800) 424-9121

(202) 869-9984

(202) 690-1202 (TDD)

The complainant may remain confidential (i.e., known only to the USDA OIG), allow their name to be used (i.e., included in any investigation that may take place), or anonymous (i.e., unknown even to the USDA OIG). If the complainant chooses to remain anonymous, USDA OIG cannot obtain additional information on the allegation (e.g., testimonial or documentary evidence; identity of witnesses), and also cannot inform the complainant as to what action USDA OIG has taken on the complaint. Confidential status allows further communication between USDA OIG and the complainant after the original complaint is received. If a person making an OIG Hotline complaint (a “complainant”) wishes remain anonymous they should mark any written communication as CONFIDENTIAL and state “I wish for my identity to remain confidential and protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 and/or the Inspector General Act of 1978.”

The identity of complainants is protected under the provisions of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 and the Inspector General Act of 1978.

 

In June 2000, Congress passed the Agricultural Risk Protection Act (“ARPA”). In response to concerns with fraud, waste, and abuse, of the Federal crop insurance program, ARPA mandated heightened program scrutiny and diligence to assure program integrity. ARPA requires the Risk Management Agency (“RMA”), with assistance from the Farm Service Agency (“FSA”) and Approved Insurance Providers (“AIP”), to improve program compliance and integrity of the Federal crop insurance program. The RMA has requested assistance from ARMtech Insurance Service, Inc. (“ARMtech”) in conducting spot checks of insured crops. As such, ARMtech will be assisting the RMA in monitoring crop conditions throughout the growing season. In accordance with Appendix IV Section IV of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (“SRA”), ARMtech will refer all suspected cases of fraud, waste, and abuse in Federal crop insurance to RMA.