NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A04120077 Page 1 of 1 In 2004, OIG conducted a proactive review of awards with significant monies dedicated to participant support. To that end, an ocean sciences award' was selected for review. A preliminary review of the documentation indicated that earmarked for participant support were used for other expenses. These expenses included alcohol, principal investigator2travel-related expenses and other employee travel-related expenses. Federal regulations prohibit using federal monies for the purchase of alcohol or alcohol related expenses. Agency specific regulations prohibit using "participant support funds" for other expenses such as employee-related expenses. OIG requested further documentation/clarification of the expenses attributed to the purchase of alcohol and employee travel related expenses. We reviewed the institutions response and determined that the alcohol expenses were actually paid for by the grantee. We solicited agency advice regarding the employee travel related expenses and the PO stated that the purpose of the grant was to support a conference and he expected grantee employees to attend using grant funds. The agency contracting officer agreed with the PO'S position that the grant funds had not been inappropriately expended. Accordingly, this case is closed. NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2006-10-18.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)