B-171679 * --5-3-7 1 RESTRICTED 1111111118081 LM089277 Report to Senator William Proxmire pursuant to his request., The report contained information concerning Mr. William Karp's > -kc@) OS@+ letter which alleged that the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Control Administration, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, had collaborated with Governor Richard B. Ogilvie of the (pJG oo--lQ~ State of Illinois in the blisuse of Federal funds provided for the Midwest Regional Conference on Science, Technology, and State Governments, Dear Senator Proxmire: This is in further response to your request of January 5, 1971, concerning Mr. William Karpgs letter of November 19, 1970, which alleged that the ,National Science -_.------ Foundation (NSFJ _. ~__. .__” and the $nviron- mental .---iControl vIIImEI -I___- --- Administration -. ,__._ ~ECA) “_,,_,~,*“__ ,I,. ?,,.jI+pa,rtment_~of_ “.“1.“))..-. ~-~~-lt~~.-~ducatjon, and ‘ICI”,“-.WelfaPg, ”“,1,“. had collaborated with Governor Richard B. Qgilvie of the State of Illinois in the misuse of Federal funds provided for the Midm west Regional Conference on Science, Technology, and State Govern- ment. (The activity of ECA which cosponsored the conference was transferred under Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 19’70 to the Environ- mental Protection Agency.) Additional information provided to us by your office regarding the allegation indicated, more specifically, that Mr. Karp*s principal concern was not the misuse of Federal funds but the fact that NSF had awarded a grant to support the Midwest Conference on the basis of a proposal that included statements which he considered to be plagiarized from a proposal he had submitted earlier to NSF. The Midwest Conference was one in a series of four regional conferences sponsored jointly by NSF and other Federal and local agen- cies m The three other regional conferences involved the southern, east- ern, and western sectors of the country. Tb.e purpose of these conferm ences was to improve the utilization of regional science and technical resources in solving problems of State governments. The Midwest Conference held November 17 to 19, 1970, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, was financed jointly by NSF, EGA, and the State of Illinois. NSF and EGA each provided $15,000. Under an agreement be- tween the two Federal agencies, ECA transferred its share of the fund- ing to NSF which awarded grant GT-8 in the amount of $30,000 for sup- port of the conference. In addition, the State of Illinois appropriated $10,000 for this purpose. Representatives, including Governors, State science advisors, and State legislators, from I$ midwestern States participated in the Midwest Conference. B-171679 The NSF grant for the Midwest Conference was awarded on June 10, 1970, to the Illinois Board of Higher Educatio$ on the basis of a proposal submitted to NSF on April 8, 1970. The proposal listed, in addition to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Commission on Tech@ nological Progress and the Illinois Science Advisory Council as applim cants for the grant. Mr. William Karp submitted a similar proposal to NSF by letter dated April 22, 1970. Mr. KarpPs letter stated that he was submitting his proposal because his comparison of the Board of Higher Education proposal with one he had submitted informally “more than a year and a half ago” (which would be about October 1968) to Dr. M. Frank Hersman, Head, NSF Office of Mergovernmental Science Programs, entitled g’Tentative Proposal: Midwest Regional Conference on Science, Tech- nology and State Government” showed that more than 90 percent of the contents of the tentative proposal was used in the proposal submitted by the Board of Higher Education. Mr. KarpPs letter stated further that neither he, as author of the tentative proposal, nor the members of the Illinois Commission on Technological Progress, for whom the proposal was prepared, had authorized the use of the tentative proposal. In view of the question raised by Mr. Karp concerning the right of the Board of Higher Education to use the tentative proposal, Dr. Hersman requested comments on the matter from Governor Ogilvie and Illinois State Senator John A. Graham, Chairman of the Hllinois Commission on Technological Progress, by a jointly addressed letter dated April 29, 1970. The Governor*s reply dated May 11, 1970, to Dr. Hersman stated that: ‘I*** The proposal submitted by *** bhc Board of Higher Educatiod certainly does include some pages of material taken directly from the tentative proposal submitted to the Commission as a draft a few years ago by Mr, Marp. B-171679 Upon examination you will discover that those portions are the recitation of the history of that commission which Mr. Karp served for four years ***. It seems totally appropriate to me that *** bhe BoardPd proposal, which is a joint effort building upon the work done over the past several years by the Illinois Commission on Technological Progress, would in fact use their reports and drafts. AC- tivities undertaken for a public body such as the Commis- sion on Technological Progress of course become part of the public domain as a contribution to the formulation of public policy and retain no *proprietary1 nature.” On May 22, 1970, Senator Graham advised Dr. Hersman that the proposal submitted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education was: ‘I*** a public document of the State of Illinois created un- der the auspices of the legislative and executive branches of our state government, and neither it nor any previous drafts or materials created by our Commission, its mem- bers, or its staff, retain any ‘proprietary* nature or per== sonal privilege.” A copy of the tentative proposal, which was informally submitted to NSF about October 1968, noted that it was submitted on behalf of the commission and not Mr. Marp who was the technical consultant to the commission. Also it stated that: “The genesis of this proposal is found in the history of the State of Illinois Commission on Technological Progm IQSS. The work of the Commission between 1965 and 1967 led to a report issued April 1, 1967, that included among its 22 recommendations: +.-that a series of science and technology cons ferences be convened by a succeeding... Corn- mis sion **** a. . . . L 19*** Subsequently, a proposal for a Conference on Science, Technology and State Government was drafted at the re- quest of the Chairman, State Senator John A. Graham, and members of the Commission by the Commission’s Tech- nical Consultant, William Marp. ‘I Because the commission was a cosponsor of the successful pro- posal submitted to NSF by the Board of Higher Education on April 8, 1970, we do not see any objections to the use of the tentative proposal, prepared by Mr. Marp for the commission, in preparing the successful proposal. We plan to make no further distribution of this report. Sincerely yours, al of the United States The Honorable William Proxmire United States Senate
Misuse of Federal Funds Provided for the Midwest Regional Conference on Science, Technology, and State Government
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1971-05-03.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)