Air Force military members and civilian employees have a duty to promptly report FWA or gross mismanagement; a violation of law, policy, procedures, or regulations; an injustice; abuse of authority, inappropriate conduct, or misconduct; and a deficiency or like condition, to an appropriate supervisor or commander, to an IG or other appropriate inspector, or through an established grievance channel. Complainants should attempt to resolve the issues at the lowest possible level using command channels before addressing them to a higher level or the IG. The immediate supervisory command chain can often resolve complaints more quickly and effectively than a higher level not familiar with the situation. Use the IG system when referral to the command chain would be futile or there is fear of reprisal.
Fraud, Waste, and Abuse program:
The primary objective of the FWA program is to eliminate loss of resources and support mission readiness by educating Airmen and civilians on how to prevent, detect and correct FWA issues. The success of the program lies with every individual. Immediately report suspected FWA through your chain of command or to the IG. Your report can also be submitted anonymously.
Fraud: Intentional and unlawful deception to deprive the Air Force of something of value (to which the member is not entitled), for the purpose of personal gain.
Waste: Careless or needless expenditure of Air Force funds from deficient practices and controls.
Abuse: Intentional and wrongful use of Air Force resources which include, but not limited to, equipment, vehicles, rank, position or positions of authority.