The Army Emergency Relief Whistleblower Protection Policy is implemented in compliance with the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002 (Sarbanes-Oxley Act). The whistleblower protection provision in this legislation applies to all organizations, including Army Emergency Relief.
At Headquarters Army Emergency Relief (AERHQ), any staff member, volunteer, vendor, or agent who reports misconduct, fraud, or abuse will not be fired or otherwise retaliated against for making the report. U.S. Army Employees who report misconduct, fraud or abuse will receive protection in accordance with U.S. Army regulations and policies regarding whistleblower protection.
The report will be investigated and even if determined not to be misconduct, fraud, or abuse, the individual making the report will not be retaliated against. There will be no punishment for reporting problems – including firing, demotion, suspension, harassment, failure to consider the employee for promotion, or any other kind of discrimination.
There are several ways to make a report of suspected misconduct, fraud or abuse:
- Verbally report the allegation directly to management.
- Submit a report in writing to Headquarters AER.
- Telephone the anonymous hotline Silentwhistle at 1-877-874-8416.
- Electronically report the allegations anonymously at: https://aer.silentwhistle.com
Here is what we will do with any report of misconduct, fraud, or abuse:
- AER Management will investigate each report.
- If the report alleges AER Management involvement, the incident will be investigated by the Board of Managers.
- If the report alleges a US Army employee is involved, the incident will be reported by Director AER to the Installation Commander affected by the incident.
- Criminal action will be reported by AER management to the appropriate law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in the case.
- If the report is correct and/or the allegations are true, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, and/or operational and personnel changes will be made.
- If the report is incorrect and/or the allegations are untrue, the case will be dismissed and no further action will be taken.
- AER will provide the person filing a report with a summary of our findings and actions taken.