ARWG/IG Lt Col John Brandon
Inspector General: Lt Col John Brandon
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MEMORANDUM FOR: ARWG
SUBJECT: 2020 IG Program Summary
1. The Inspector General program reviews subordinate units for compliance and reports the findings to the commander, receives and investigates complaints, and insures that CAP personnel are using reasonable means to work within the system. The IG also oversees the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse prevention program.
The purpose of the Civil Air Patrol Inspector General System is, in part, to create an independent and objective system that:
Resolves problems affecting the Civil Air Patrol mission promptly and objectively.
Creates an atmosphere of trust in which issues can be objectively and fully resolved without retaliation or the fear of reprisal.
Ensures the existence of responsive complaint and inspection programs characterized by objectivity, integrity, and impartiality.
Ensures the concerns of Civil Air Patrol members and the best interests of the Civil Air Patrol are addressed through objective fact-finding.
Educates Civil Air Patrol members and commanders regarding the privileges of and protection for those contacting an inspector general.
Ensures inspectors general, inspector general staff members, and investigating officers are trained to conduct thorough, unbiased investigations and inspections based on fair and objective fact-finding.
Specific, detailed guidance on the CAP IG program may be found in CAPR 20-1.
2. Inspections: The Arkansas Wing conducts Subordinate Unit Inspections (SUI) on a 24 month cycle by direction of the Wing Commander. A schedule of upcoming inspections is published at the beginning of each cycle, and is updated during the cycle as needed. The first half of the current SUI cycle will be complete in Sep 2019 for FY 2019 with three of the Wing’s ten squadrons inspected. There is one remaining squadron to be inspected this year, and is in the FY 2019 cycle. One other squadron will be inspected this year that is in the FY 2020. SUIs will resume in April 2020 with the first scheduled inspection of 6 squadrons for which dates will be announced later. There is a team of qualified inspectors tasked to accomplish the inspections. There is always a need for additional inspectors however. Anyone who wishes to become an inspector may contact me for details. Specific, detailed guidance on the CAP compliance assessment program may be found in CAPR 20-3.
3. Complaints: Once you have decided to contact the IG, you should refer to CAPR 20-2 to determine if your concern or grievance meets the definition of a complaint (see below). If it does, you should follow the steps for “Complaints Submission” outlined in CAPR 20-2.
Complaint means a written document (not e-mail), signed by a complainant, listing facts and circumstances specifically alleging a violation of a CAP directive, a violation of law, or misconduct. In other words, there are three parts to a complaint that must be identified by a complainant: 1. Someone (Who), 2. Did something during a CAP activity or execution of CAP duties (What, Where, When), and 3. In violation of some CAP Directive, violation of law, or misconduct (define violation).
Frivolous Complaint is the filing of trivial, superficial, and senseless complaints that may tend to subvert, obscure, or impede leadership authority, or a complaint intended for retaliation against the corporation, general membership, or a specific member for the purpose of harassment, abuse, or adversely impacting morale.
There have been no complaints referred to the IG for investigation in 2019. We hope to maintain that record for the foreseeable future.
4. Fraud, waste, and abuse: Fraud is any intentional deception (including attempts and conspiracies to effect such deception) for the purpose of: inducing CAP action, inaction or reliance on that deception; depriving CAP of something of value; securing from CAP a benefit, privilege, or consideration to which the party is not entitled. Such practices include, but are not limited to: offer of payment, acceptance of bribes or gratuities; making false statements, submission of false claims, use of false weights or measures, evasion or corruption of inspectors and other officials, deceit by suppression of the truth or misrepresentation of a material fact, adulteration or substitution of materials, falsification of records and books of account, arrangements for secret profits, kickbacks, or commissions, and conspiracy to use any of these devices. Waste is the extravagant, careless, or needless expenditure of CAP funds or consumption of CAP property that results from deficient practices, system controls, or decisions. Abuse is the intentional, wrongful, or improper use of CAP resources such as the misuse of rank, position, or authority that causes the loss or misuse of resources such as tools, vehicles, computers, copy machines, etc.
Fraud, Waste, & Abuse Hotline: 1-877-227-9142, select option #4
Fraud, Waste, & Abuse e-mail: email@example.com
5. The SUI Schedule for year 2020 to be announced:
Unit Date Time
6. All inspections will begin at the indicated time on the scheduled day.
JOHN D. BRANDON, LtCol, CAP
Inspector General, AR Wing