Who Can File a Complaint?
Anyone, including members of the public and agency employees, may file a complaint with the OIG Hotline
Understanding Fraud, Waste and Abuse
What is considered fraud, waste, or abuse?
Generally, fraud is an intentional deception or false representation of a material fact designed to induce a person or entity, such as the US or the EPA, to act detrimentally by giving up money or something of value.
Waste is the extravagant, careless, or needless expenditure of government funds; the consumption of government property that results from deficient practices, systems, controls, or decisions; or other improper practices.
The intentional or improper use of government resources. Examples include misuse of rank; position; authority; or physical property, such as tools, vehicles, or computers.
- Brochure: Fraud, Waste and Abuse: Prevention, Detection and Reporting
- Fraud, Waste and Abuse: Indicators and Examples
Information for Whistleblowers
Information about laws protecting individuals who make complaints to the federal government and the role of the EPA’s Whistleblower Protection Coordinator is available on the OIG Whistleblower Protection page.
Information Regarding Mandatory Disclosures
Contractors and grantees are required in certain instances to make mandatory disclosures as set forth in the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the Code of Federal Regulations. Information regarding what disclosures are required and how to make a mandatory disclosure is available on the OIG Mandatory Disclosure page.
Special Notice Concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic
Our office will receive allegations of fraud, waste and abuse concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on EPA and CSB operations.
- Be aware of companies placing the EPA seal or the EPA registration number on their products claiming that they meet EPA standards.
- Be cautious of imported products marketed as proven to effectively block various epidemic viruses.
- Be on the lookout for websites claiming their products contain EPA-approved active ingredients, which kill 99.9% of all viruses and bacteria, including SAR-CoV-2 virus. These companies may put the EPA logo on the website to legitimize their products. For a list of EPA-approved disinfectants, please visit EPA Official List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.
- Be wary of companies claiming their services are endorsed or their equipment or material are certified by EPA.
If you suspect individuals or companies may be engaged in fraud, please contact our OIG hotline below. Learn more about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential investigation targets that we may pursue.