Glenn Fine, the Department of Defenseâs principal deputy inspector general, said that the Office of the IG has made a âconcerted effortâ to reduce its backlog of whistleblower cases, Federal News Network reported Tuesday.Â
Fine told attendeesÂ that the DoD OIG is looking to deploy artificial intelligence and data analytics to âproactively look for fraudâ instead of relying on whistleblowers who use the OIG hotline to report such cases. Assistant IG for Data Analytics David YacobucciÂ added that these new capabilities, although lacking in certainty, can help DoD investigators and auditors identify trends and nonobvious patterns from large volumes of data.
âWhistleblowers need to have their complaints handled in a timely way, otherwise they will not have confidence in the system,â Fine noted. âI would say thatâs one of the key things that needs to be focused on. It is a challenge, given the multitude of complaints we get, but timeliness is very important.â