Is there an Inspector General (IG) investigation or report standing in the way of your promotion or career progression? Get it removed.
If someone filed a complaint against you with the IG and/or the IG conducted an investigation against you, chances are there is still adverse information about you in the IG database. This adverse information can affect you and your future. For example, it can typically be seen by promotion boards. It could also have a negative impact on your security clearance. Therefore, even if you are no longer on active duty, this information in the IG database could be affecting your civilian job. Some of the regulations that govern the IG state that IG records are not to be used as the basis of adverse action. Therefore, if IG records are adversely affecting you, you may have a valid argument to have them changed or expunged. In 2012, a Lieutenant Colonel in the National Guard came to me looking to have a substantiated IG investigation removed from the IG database. He had been removed from the O6 promotion board because of the IG investigation. Despite our request, the State IG office decided not to change or remove the IG records. We did not quit however. We appealed this decision to the Department of the Army (DA) IG Office and found success. The DA IG office decided to overturn the State IG decision and changed the investigation from “founded” to “unfounded.” My client was then promoted to O6 and received back pay. It takes experience and perseverance to have success with these types of appeals. I have that experience. In fact, I am currently working on another case right now involving the removal of IG records. If you have IG records standing in the way of your career progression, please call me for help. If you have a different type of military issue, court-martial or court-martial appeal that you need help with, call me for help. To speak to an experienced court-martial and military defense attorney, call Bill Cassara at 706-860-5769 for a free consultation.