A whistleblower at the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector-general’s office leaked details of a leak inquiry to a news outlet, the agency said Tuesday.
The Office of Special Counsel, a unit within the agency’s inspector branch, said it was investigating a Feb. 28 leak inquiry involving two inspectors general’s offices.
The IG, which oversees the office, was not immediately available for comment.
The IG opened the investigation last week after the whistleblower revealed he had information that could shed light on the leak, according to the statement.
The inspector-galate has oversight over the work of more than 400 inspector generals and has the authority to investigate any federal employee’s conduct.
The watchdog agency said it could not comment on the ongoing investigation because of privacy concerns.