Once an allegation or complaint is received, an analysis (preliminary inquiry) is conducted to determine whether further action is warranted and, if so, what type of action is needed.

Guidelines used in this analysis are intended to ensure an effective utilization of available resources.

The OIG considers the following factors in evaluating a complaint or allegation:

  • Indications and plausibility of allegations that a violation of a statute or regulation under OIG jurisdiction has been committed;

  • Indications that the matter may significantly affect public health and safety;

  • the nature and seriousness of the alleged activity;

  • the effect of the alleged illegal or improper activity on FCC programs and operations;

  • the level of the position of individuals against whom the allegations are made (wrongdoing by high-ranking agency officials is more damaging);

  • the deterrent effect knowledge of the investigation may have on others who may consider committing similar illegal or improper acts; and

  • other considerations that the IG deems appropriate.

If the complaint has potential merit but does not satisfy the criteria above, the matter may also be referred to an FCC operating organization or to another law enforcement agency. In addition, allegations that are not investigated immediately may be retained for use as the basis for broad programmatic inquiries or audits.

Bureau/Office: 

Updated: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2015