What is an Inspector General?
An Inspector General (IG) is a fair, impartial, and objective fact-finder and problem solver. What does an Inspector General do?
An Inspector General provides four functions—inspections, assistance, investigations, and teaching and training—for the specific purpose of enhancing the Mississippi National Guard’s readiness and warfighting capability. Inspector General Functions:
Assistance: Assistance is the IG function that provides Soldiers, Family members, civilians, retirees, and contract employees the ability to seek help from the IG on matters affecting their health, welfare, and personal readiness. The IG’s role, as the commander’s representative, is to resolve these issues within the limits of the IG system. If a matter falls outside of the IG system, the IG will direct the person requesting assistance to the appropriate avenue of redress.
Inspections: The primary purpose of IG inspections is to resolve systemic issues throughout the Mississippi National Guard and, in doing so, to evaluate the effectiveness of policies, determine the root causes of noncompliance, and recommend changes to policy proponents.
Investigations: Investigations is the IG function that provides the Mississippi Adjutant General another means through which to resolve allegations of impropriety. Inspectors general may investigate violations of policy, regulation, or law; mismanagement; unethical behavior; fraud; or misconduct. The primary purpose of IG investigations and investigative inquiries is to resolve allegations of impropriety; to preserve confidence in the chain of command; and, if allegations are not substantiated, to protect the good name of the subject or suspect.
Teaching & Training: Teaching and training is the fourth of the Army IG system’s four functions and is traditionally embedded in the first three—inspections, assistance, and investigations. While inspecting, assisting, or investigating, IGs enhance the warfighting and readiness capabilities of the Mississippi National Guard by teaching and training commanders, Soldiers, and civilians at all levels on current Army policy and doctrine.
All IGs have a duty to protect to the maximum extent possible the personal identity of a complainant, witness, or any other individual providing information to the IG, particularly when the individual specifically requests confidentiality. While IGs will never promise confidentiality, they will endeavor to maintain confidentiality as a matter of primary importance. Protected Communications
Title 10 U.S. Code 1034 (Protected Communications; prohibition of retaliatory personnel actions), states that no person may restrict a member of the Armed Forces in communicating with at Member of Congress or an Inspector General. No person may take (or threaten to take) an unfavorable personnel action, or withhold (or threaten to withhold) a favorable personnel action, as a reprisal against a member of the Armed Forces for making or preparing or being perceived as making or preparing a communication to a Member of Congress or an Inspector General.