NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A04050036 Page 1 of 1 A complainant1 forwarded to us an email sent by the administrative officer for an NSF division2 (the subject) to the division's staff. The email stated that a single cornpang was "[tlhe company that [the division] will be using for upcoming panels . . . ." The complainant was concerned first because the email reduced the options available for panelists; the complainant subsequently received complaints fiom panelists about the company's performance. The complainant pointed out that the company's website contained an endorsement by the subject. Soon after we received the complaint, the subject left NSF. We found nothing indicating that the subject was associated with the company. We interviewed the subject, who stated that she had no association with the company. She told the division to use the company for that particular set of panels because they had received direction to stop using another company exclusively. She did not intend that the company would be used exclusively prospectively, and in fact, by the time she left NSF, the division had gone back to letting the program assistants decide themselves how to handle the arrangements for panelists. There is no evidence that the subject's action was intended to favor the company inappropriately or avoid competition. Accordingly, this case is closed. 11' NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
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Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2004-12-09.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)