Civil Air Patrol
Specific, detailed guidance on the CAP IG program may be found in CAPR 123-1.
Click here for CAP’s National Headquarters IG page. http://www.capmembers.com/
When using the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline, please leave your name, phone number and/or e-mail address, and a short description of the potential FWA situation which you are concerned about. You will be contacted within 3 working days.
Staff Assistance Visits (SAVs) are meant to assist an organization in meeting its goals. SAVs provide assistance and training for the headquarters being visited and form a good practice tool prior to an inspection. SAVs may be conducted at any level headquarters by any higher headquarters. SAVs are most commonly conducted on a wing headquarters by its CAP-USAF Liaison Region.
Subordinate Unit Inspections (SUIs) are conducted by region, wing or group headquarters on units subordinate to their headquarters. A wing may conduct an SUI on a group, squadron or flight within the wing. Likewise, a group headquarters may conduct an SUI on a squadron or flight within the group.
Self-Assessments are conducted by any headquarters, commander or staff officer on his/her own unit or activity to determine how well he/she is doing.
Specific details about scheduling and conducting IG inspections, SAVs, SUIs and Self-Assessments are described in CAPR 123-3.
The CAP/IG and CAP-USAF/IG jointly publish an inspection guide for both wings/regions and for units below the wing. These guides will be used as the framework for conducting an inspection of the appropriate level organization.
Click here for more IG assessment program resources. http://www.capmembers.com/
Allow some time once you have contacted the commander. The commander may only devote two or three evenings per week to the CAP. Remember, he/she is a volunteer too and has many other obligations outside of CAP. If it appears nothing is being done after a reasonable period of time, you may want exercise your rights and responsibilities under the complaints system.
There are exceptions to this. Allegations of sexual harassment or abuse, verbal or written, will be immediately reported by the unit commander to the wing or region commander, who in turn will immediately report it to NHQ CAP/GC. Incidents and complaints regarding alleged discrimination or discriminatory practices will be reported promptly to the wing or region commander, who shall immediately report the incident to CAP Equal Opportunity Officer at NHQ (CAP/EXI). In incidents or complaints regarding an alleged hostile environment, unit commanders will immediately report the allegation to the wing commander, region commander, or inspector general.
Once you have decided to contact the IG, you should refer to CAPR 123-2 to determine if your concern or grievance meets the definition of a complaint. If it does, you should follow the steps for “Complaints Submission” outlined in CAPR 123-2.
- 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.
- Complainant means one who identifies a possible violation of a CAP directive, violation of law or serious misconduct, and brings it to the attention of the inspector general or a person in a position of leadership or authority.
- Complaint means a written document listing facts and circumstances specifically alleging a violation of a CAP directive , a violation of law, or misconduct.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hostile Environment means any threatening environment or atmosphere including, but not limited to, emotional and physical abuse, hazing, stalking, and offensive language..
- Investigation is an authorized, systematic, and detailed examination to uncover facts and determine the truth and validity of a complaint.
- Preliminary Investigation means the gathering of information or facts to determine whether the merits of an allegation constitute a complaint under this regulation.
- Priority Investigation means an investigation directly involving cadet protection issues, safety, loss of life, or CAP tangible assets. These investigations are critical and will take precedence over all other pending investigations.
- 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.
- Conclusion classifications:
- SUSTAINED — an allegation is “sustained” when the inquiry reveals “a preponderance of evidence” in support of the allegation.
- NOT SUSTAINED — The inquiry determined that the act complained of did not occur, was justified according to applicable directives, or that there was not a preponderance of evidence to support the allegation.