Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The TACOM Office of the Inspector General - a joke: Sierra Army Truth

Writing a letter to your Congressman is like pissing in a cup.  It gets warm for a little while.  Then its useless.
Doug Lau
Senate Intern for John McCain




When I was in the Army, the IG or Inspector General was a big deal.  It was the Soldier's last resort.  It was also the nuclear football because others saw he who used it as either a pariah or a hero.  It always went 9 to 1 for pariah, even if another set of eyes was in order.

I brought the following complaint to the IG to complain about Fraud, Waste and Abuse of my co-worker at the time, Chris Carrier.  Chris Carrier is to my knowledge - the Program Manager for IUID.  

Unique Identification Marking, UID marking, Item Unique Identification or IUID, is a part of the compliance process mandated by the United States Department of Defense. It is a permanent marking method used to give equipment a unique ID. Marking is essential for all equipment with an acquisition cost of over $5,000, equipment which is mission essential, controlled inventory, serially-controlled, or consumable. UID-marking is a set of data for assets that is globally unique and unambiguous.  (Source: Wikipedia.)
Chris Carrier
IUID Program Manager
 Given that the mission of the Depot is to store, repair and refit our soldiers for combat.  He has arguably one of the most jobs on the Depot which is to account for every item on the Depot worth $ 5,000 or more to comply with the Army's Clean Audit requirement.  But do you know how much money his Program Office has?  $ 0.  And instead of lobbying for more money for his program, what is he doing?  Running a business . . .

Here is his website:
 Now it's not illegal to have hobbies or interests outside of work.  It's not exactly unethical to talk about these hobbies, interests or even side business at work.  But when it consumes large chunks of your work day, and you work for the federal government, for our boys at the front, that's when it's a problem.
What is even more damaging is this is the Program Manager for clean audits in a Depot known to loose Army property.  This same  Program Manager has no budget, no people and no assets to manage.  He is content with this condition.  It allows him time to pursue his hobbies. That you pay for.

So I filled out an IG complaint against Christopher Carrier.





2 months later, an investigator, Terry Champion calls and emails me.


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On Thu, 1/16/14, Champion, Terry D CIV (US) wrote:

 Subject: RE: Need more Information (UNCLASSIFIED)
 To: james a bretney
 Cc: "Champion, Terry D CIV (US)"
 Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014, 4:37 AM

 Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Please call me

Terry Champion
Assistant Inspector General
TACOM LCMC IG
DSN: 786-3907 / Comm: (586) 282-3907
FAX: DSN: 786-5367, Comm: (586) 282-5367
email: Terry.D.Champion2.civ@mail.mil
"The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it." 
                                  General Norman Schwarzkopf 

INSPECTOR GENERAL SENSITIVE INFORMATION - FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY: The information contained in this email and any accompanying attachments may contain Inspector General sensitive information, which is protected from mandatory disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 USC 552. It should not be released to unauthorized persons. If you are not the intended recipient of this information, any disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on this information is prohibited. If you received this email in error, please notify me immediately by return email or by calling 586-574-3907



-----Original Message-----
From: Champion, Terry D CIV (US)
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 7:34 AM
To: james a brentney
Cc: Champion, Terry D CIV (US)
Subject: Need more Information (UNCLASSIFIED)
Importance: High

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. James Brentney

I need you to call me ASAP, I would like to talk and ask you some questions about a employee running a private business at SIAD. Please call me at the numbers below again I need you to do this ASAP.

Terry Champion
Assistant Inspector General
TACOM LCMC IG
DSN: 786-3907 / Comm: (586) 282-3907
FAX: DSN: 786-5367, Comm: (586) 282-5367
email: Terry.D.Champion2.civ@mail.mil
"The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it." 
                                  General Norman Schwarzkopf 

INSPECTOR GENERAL SENSITIVE INFORMATION - FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY: The information contained in this email and any accompanying attachments may contain Inspector General sensitive information, which is protected from mandatory disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 USC 552. It should not be released to unauthorized persons. If you are not the intended recipient of this information, any disclosure, copying, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on this information is prohibited. If you received this email in error, please notify me immediately by return email or by calling 586-574-3907






Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE




Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

We talk and he self identifies himself as a Vietnam veteran.  We realize it is a he said, she said.  But I did tell him of other witnesses.  He never told me if he even interviewed them or if he did what did they say.  I have since asked the investigator what the status of my case is.  I have yet to get a straight answer from him or the government.


Now whether or not you think Carrier was acting appropriately or not is immaterial.  The government (the DoD IG) owes me an answer.  It hasn't given me one making this whole process a joke and a waste of time.  You dear reader have the benefit of my experience, an experience I documented and made available for you.  But how many others who have had complaints similarly disposed of?  How many others have had complaints but did not go through the IG process?

I filled out a FOIA request.  We will see if the government replies.  We know it won't be prompt.  It just goes to show you that your government's attitude is that it doesn't work for you.  It is not accountable to you or interested in good customer service or doing the right thing.  It is not interested in doing the right thing or being transparent.  It has its own interests including protecting (cover up) and expanding its own power (at your expense.)

Sierra Army Depot has never investigated the incident.  A supervisor on the depot has never been fired for mismanagement, fraud, theft or embezzlement.
LTC Slosson
Commanding Officer
Sierra Army Depot

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