Complainants are able to obtain general information on the status of their complaint. San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code, Article IV, mandates that the Whistleblower Program conduct investigations confidentially. Therefore, complainants are not informed about the review of their complaint or the progress of any investigation that may follow.
Notice of Protection from Retaliation: No City officer or employee may terminate, demote, suspend or take other similar adverse employment action against any City officer or employee because the officer or employee has in good faith filed a whistleblower complaint. An act of retaliation should be reported immediately to the Ethics Commission, which will investigate any such report.
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Note: For complaints submitted before July 30, 2012, please contact the Whistleblower Program directly at email@example.com.
If you filed a complaint anonymously, the tracking message is the Whistleblower Program's only method to follow up with you while maintaining your anonymity. If our investigators have any follow-up questions or require further clarification, we will place a tracking message to you. Please check the status of your complaint regularly to ensure that you are receiving our investigators' messages.
WHAT DOES YOUR PROCESS STATUS MEAN?
Listed below are the process status steps a complaint may go through:
- New Complaint: The Whistleblower Program has received your complaint and has not yet conducted any investigation.
- Under Investigation: The investigation is being conducted by the Whistleblower Program or has been referred to the appropriate city department for investigation.
- Manager Review: The investigator has completed the investigation. Your complaint is under final review before closure.
- Closed: The Whistleblower Program has completed the investigation of your complaint.