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The Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) is the criminal investigative arm of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Defense. Its main objective is to investigate criminal activities invloving terrorism, procurement fraud, computer crimes, illegal technology transfers, and public corruption within the department of defense.


DCIS was established in 1981 as the criminal investigative arm of the Office of Inspector General, Department of Defense. The Inspector General Act of 1978 was the foundation of the Office of Inspector General and was created to oversee the entire Department of Defense. The Office of the Inspector General and, with it, the DCIS was actually created by the DOD Authorization Act in 1983.


What it Does  

DCIS’ stated mission is to protect American warfighters by uncovering fraud and corruption within the Department of Defense. The agency focuses on illegal activities critical to the country’s defensive readiness. In addition, DCIS serves on Antiterrorism Task Forces sponsored by the Department of Justice.  The goal here is to develop strategies to support investigations of suspected terrorists and prosecutions of known terrorists.
  • Homeland security/terrorism - Support to the global war on terror by investigating fraud in areas such as Iraq and Kuwait. DCIS currently has 90 open Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) investigations.
  • Technology Protection - Protecting the acquisition/procurement process through the investigation of Illegal theft, diversion or movement of strategic technologies and U.S. Munitions List items to proscribed nations, criminal enterprises and/or terrorist organizations.
  • Computer Crimes Investigation - Investigates all computer intrusions involving DoD systems, as well as denial of service attacks, virus and worm activity, and misuse that adversely affects DoD's Global Information Grid.
  • Undercover Operations
    • Sensitive Cases and Security - Investigations involve: the DoD intelligence community (i.e., DIA, NSA, NIMA, NRO) and/or CIA.
  • Criminal Intelligence Program
    • Procurement Crime - The introduction of counterfeit material and other forms of unauthorized product substitution into the procurement system has historically been and continues to be DCIS's highest priority for deterrence, investigation, and prosecution.
    • Public Corruption - Public Corruption is the breach of public trust by elected or appointed U.S. Government Officials who ask, demand, solicit, seek, accept, receive, or agree to receive anything of value in return for preferred treatment. DCIS conducts significant investigations involving TRICARE, a managed healthcare insurance program administered by the Assistant Secretary of Defense.
    • Financial Crimes - Investigating defective pricing, cost/labor mischarging, progress payment fraud, anti-trust, economic espionage among other things.
    • Technical Services - Developing innovative technology to meet the needs of DCIS while researching and implementing cutting edge technology. Also responsible for providing tech support to the field elements in a timely manner.
    • Polygraph Program - The DoD has adopted the term Psycho physiological Detection of Deception (PDD) to cover the process known as polygraph examination. The goal is to obtain truthful statements from suspects or witnesses.
The following is a sampling of recent investigations that the DCIS has completed:


Where Does the Money Go  

Non-Investigation of Halliburton
Although the DCIS has accomplished all of the above investigations, saving the Department of Defense millions of dollars, there seems to be a failure on their part to complete the investigation of Halliburton with the appropraite procecution. Pentagon auditers have found alleged accounting malpractice, suspicious payments to officials and overcharging wthin Halliburton and its former subsidiary KBR. It has been accused of breaching United States sanctions that prohibit companies from operating in places such as Iran and was also blamed for damaging the historic Iraqi site of Babylon, where it helped establish a US base. Yet the Department of Defense continues to grant Halliburton contracts in Iraq and other locations. One may wonder why the DCIS celebrates the conviction of travel voucher fraud though it has not seen the conviction of lager scale criminal activity invloved in Halliburton and other such agencies.
"The evidence shows that Halliburton has billed taxpayers for over $1 billion in costs that the Pentagon's own auditors have questioned or called unreasonable," Chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Byron Dorgan said in 2006. "American soldiers in harm's way bathed and brushed their teeth in water that we now know to have been contaminated by dangerous bacteria. Good people who spoke up and tried to stop these outrages were fired for doing so."
Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) recommended to the Department of Defense that it refuse to pay Halliburton's KBR subsidiary for $159.5 million in meal overcharges. The DCAA said the subsidiary charged the government for thousands of meals in and around Iraq that were never served to the troops. The DCAA continues to audit bills submitted by KBR for feeding soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait.
The Defense Criminal Investigative Service of the Inspector General's office launched a criminal investigation of Halliburton unit Kellogg, Brown & Root on Jan. 29 2004. Defense Department auditors found the unit may have overcharged as much as $61 million for fuel shipped into Iraq from Kuwait. The subcontractor is Altanmia Commercial Marketing Co.

Halliburton criminal probe opened

(CBS Marketwatch)


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alison hall - 12/13/2011 7:11:36 AM              
hi i have been trying to contact inspector general to have my complaint investigated as per instruction usdoj confirmed by navy when complaint and requeiring request for host policy adherence. all emails undelivered mail does not reach destination. what is going on in your department? cut a long story short i got diagnosis of hyperacusis (2006&again confirmed in 2009). i have tried to tell people some sort of unique means of communication is being used to torture me and has been since 24th june 2005. i thought the gross misconduct was because of release of sensitive intelligence information prior to action yet i have been informed this is because of misuse of resources. let me know who can help? tried cia overseas citizens poliy usnavy host etc. any ideas?

tina renee birkhead - 12/10/2011 7:18:40 AM              
i would like to no how the mt vernon ill police can throw a person in jail whos never been in trouble on there forgery at 3 am charges got droped .but bond money of 750 not returned although mine. a cash account that was sighned over to me as a gift holding stocks an bonds from 1912.taken away from me by the mt vernon police an was told to get a attourney an split the account after it was sighned over to me tina birkhead. jim working with the police started passing rumors of prostituion not true and rita waskla at the circuit clerks office of drug dealer .not true. men told to stay away from me. rumors so nasty i would not dare to mention or say to you. my relationship with my kids have suffered because of the mt vernon police in ill.useing family members that i had prior restraining orders against to cut in my sleep explain that to a cop . an the terror of there abuse. health issues intervened on to . mobbing useing a health gps tina renee birkhead milwaukee wisconsin

Jim - 3/14/2011 9:22:29 AM              
DCIS does NOT do security clearances. That is a function of OPM and to a lesser extent, Defense Security Services. DCIS is abaondoning large tracts of the US, instead choosing to work out of big offices in major metropolitan areas. Unfortunatley, most large DoD contractos are not in those metro areas. This is not a cost savings measure, rather a perceived need to reorganize and consolidate. Bigger offices = more lease. Smaller offices can fit into most military installation at no cost.

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Founded: 1981
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Employees: More than 375 criminal investigators and administrative staff located in more than 50 offices throughout the United States, as well as Europe and Southwest Asia.

Defense Criminal Investigative Service
Woods, Sharon
Special Agent Sharon E. Woods was appointed Acting Director of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) on January 27, 2008 after being named Deputy Director of DCIS on June 3, 2007.
According to the DCIS website, Woods is the daughter of a career Army officer and grew up in various locations throughout the United States and Germany. She graduated from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. In May 2007 Special Agent Woods received her master’s degree in Public Policy Management from Georgetown University.
Woods began her Federal career in 1986 as a Special Agent with the Naval Investigative Service, San Diego, CA, conducting criminal investigations. In November 1987 she joined DCIS at the San Diego Resident Agency. From April 1989 until August 1992, she was assigned to the DCIS office in Wiesbaden, Germany, working at the IG Regional Office - Europe, returning to the San Diego Resident Agency at the end of this assignment. In January 1998 she was selected as a Program Manager, Sensitive Operations, DCIS Headquarters, eventually becoming the Program Director for Sensitive Operations in September 1999. In this position she coordinated and supervised all undercover operations for DCIS, and had oversight of all kickback/bribery investigations as well as supervised the Technical Services Division. In June 2001 Woods became the Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Southwest Field Office, the largest geographic field office within DCIS. In November 2003, she was then selected to lead the Southwest Field Office as the Special Agent in Charge, the first female Special Agent in Charge in the history of DCIS. In July 2006, Woods was selected to be the Acting Deputy Director and Executive Assistant Director of DCIS, joining the ranks of the Senior Executive Service, after which she was appointed to her current position.