Reporting Fraud, Waste, Abuse, or Mismanagement

Reporting Misconduct or Fraud

The Federal Trade Commission Office of the Inspector General (FTC OIG) receives complaints from FTC employees, contractors, or others who have a relationship with the FTC regarding any:

  • conduct on the part of an FTC employee that may be a violation of law or regulation;
  • fraudulent or other illicit activity on the part of any individual or entity contracting with or obtaining a benefit from the FTC; or
  • evidence of significant waste, abuse or mismanagement within the FTC.

Obligation to Report and Duty to Cooperate with the OIG

FTC employees have an obligation to promptly report misconduct, fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement to the OIG. In addition, FTC employees have a duty to cooperate in audits and investigations conducted by the OIG and to respond to questions posed by an OIG investigator upon being informed that their responses will not be used to incriminate them in a criminal proceeding.


When reporting waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement or misconduct to the OIG, a complainant may request that his or her identity remain confidential. The OIG has authority to reveal the identity of a complainant if it is deemed unavoidable in the course of an investigation. However, the OIG will honor the confidentiality of complainants to the greatest extent possible.

OIG contact information to report fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement by FTC employees, contractor, or programs:

OIG Hotline: (202) 326-2800

OIG Hotline link: Federal Trade Commission Complaint Assistant

Mailing Address:
Federal Trade Commission
Office of Inspector General
Room CC-5206
600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington , D.C. 20580

General Inquiries:  (202) 326-3527

FAX: (202) 326-2034