Ask the Lawyer received the following question paraphrased for easier reading and clarity from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience. If an employee is under investigation by a supervisor and the supervisor has a personal grudge against the employee, is that something that an Inspector "Backdating federal documents that guide" IG can investigate?
It depends on the nature of the personal grudge.
Among other things, IGs are authorized to investigate allegations of violation of law, rules, or regulations; mismanagement; gross waste of funds; abuse of authority; or a substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety. This can include whistleblower reprisal.
IGs may also investigate allegations of employee administrative misconduct and criminal conduct. Backdating a report may be alteration of a government document and may rise to falsification if there was an intent to make a falsehood. A determination of whether or not there was any impropriety is dependent upon the type of document and reasons for the date change.