NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A05040017 11 Page 1 of 1 A complainant expressed concerns about the handling of certain data by NSF and grantees/contractors, particularly in light of budget reductions to the NSF component. The concerns focused on whether NSF (1) ensures that data provided to outside people or entities is protected adequately; and (2) will ensure that databases created under the contracts will end up in NSF's physical possession rather than the possession of the contractors, since those databases are covered by an NSF Privacy Act (PA) System. Because nothing in the information provided by the complainant indicated that any PA interests had been compromised or that NSF had failed to retain possession of any databases, there was no basis to investigate anyone for a possible PA violation. With regard to retention of datasets created under the awards subject to the PA System, we obtained an inventory of the System datasets from the NSF component, which indicated that all datasets are either in NSF's physical possession or in use by a contractor under an on-going contract. We also determined that the NSF co.mponent is evaluating revision of its process to explicitly require coordination with contractors to transition the datasets to the possession of NSF. Accordingly, this case is closed. ?Gdzc+ecL NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2006-03-16.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)