Now That You Know, Who Do You Tell?

Posted on September 22, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Watchdog Tools | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I recently published a large list of tools for citizen watchdogs hoping to aid those who wish to join the growing multitudes of citizens who wish to stamp out government corruption. If you did not see the list, you may access at : http://tinyurl.com/m33mtw
 
That’s all well and good, but.. what do you do if you find something “fishy”? Without a flashy website like flag@whitehouse.gov (now defunct) to report it to, what should you do with the information.
 
There are several columnists that will act as loudspeakers for you. Michelle Malkin (http://michellemalkin.com/), Glenn Beck (www.glennbeck.com ), Andrew Breitbart (http://www.breitbart.com/), World Net Daily (http://www.wnd.com/) and
many more. I would not necessarily trust your local paper, but use your judgment on local issues. For national issues you need to contact someone who could actually do something about it. I certainly would not trust any network affiliates at this point, either. There are also sites like Newsbusters http://www.newsbusters.org/ and Media Research Center http://www.mrc.org/public/default.aspx.
 
You can also report directly to the following people:
 
Federal Inspector(s) General can be reached at : http://www.ignet.gov/igs/homepage1.html#a They are listed alphabetically by Division. Each has a hotline number and some have websites of their own. You may be interested to know there are several that investigate subject’s dear to any watchdogs heart. Namely:
 
 
    * Corp for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps, National Civilian Community Corp, VISTA, etc)  http://www.cncsig.gov/ Hotline Number: (800) 452-8210
 
    * Dept of Education Hotline Email: oighotline@ed.gov or Hotline Website: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/hotline.html?src=rt
 
    * Election Assistance Commission http://www.eac.gov/eac_ig  Hotline Number: (866) 552-0004  or http://www.eac.gov/eac_ig/report-to-ig/anonymous-    report
 
    * Federal Election Commission: http://www.fec.gov/fecig/fecig.shtml Hotline Number: (202) 694-1015 (collect calls accepted)
 
    * Dept of Energy Website: http://www.ig.energy.gov/ email:ighotline@hq.doe.gov Hotline Number(s): (800) 541-1625 or (202) 586-4073
 
    * Federal Housing Finance Agency Hotline Number(s): (202) 408-2900 or (800) 276-8329
 
    * Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) http://www.fincen.gov/mortgage_fraud.html
 
    * Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Fraud Information – www.stopmortgagefraud.com
 
    * Federal Trade Commission http://www.ftc.gov/oig/contactus.shtm Hotline Number: (202) 326-2581
 
    * General Services Administration: http://oig.gsa.gov/index.htm?CFID=111797&CFTOKEN=96972035 Hotline Number: (800) 424-5210; (202) 501-1780 or http://oig.gsa.gov/form.htm
 
    * Dept of Labor http://www.oig.dol.gov/ (includes racketeering and organized crime) Hotline Number: (800) 347-3756; (202) 693-6999 or  http://www.oig.dol.gov/contact.htm#olrfi or tp://www.oig.dol.gov/contact.htm#hotline
   
    * Dept of Veterans Affairs Hotline Number: (800) 488-8244; email: vaoighotline@mail.va.gov  or  http://www.va.gov/oig/contacts/hotline.asp

 

For State Issues, contact your Attorney General – a complete directory can be found here: http://www.naag.org/attorneys_general.php
 
For State and Local Prosecutors Offices Check this Directory http://www.eatoncounty.org/Departments/ProsecutingAttorney/ProsList/PA-Associations.htm
 
Be careful whom you report findings to. There are soooo many “watchdog” organizations that you do not want to divulge information to. They are not your friend. If you have any questions, while I am not an expert, I will do all I can to help you.
Contact me on my twitter account at www.twitter.com/DesireePaquette.
 
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