NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM We investigated various allegations against an IVSF awardee institution' of poor management and financial improprieties with respect to an NSF award.2 We also investigated an allegation that the PI on the award,3who was formerly an employee of NSF, engaged in a conflict of interest (COI) by attending a panel discussion at IVSF within one year of his resignation from the agency. Upon reviewing the allegations and correspondence at issue, we determined that the management issues were more appropriately within the purview of NSF management, and we informed the Complainant that he could bring those allegations to the attention of the Program Office. We also determined that the disability discrimination issues were more appropriately within the purview of NSF's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights at NSF, and we will inform the Complainant of his right to bring those issues to the attention of that office. With respect to the COI allegation, OIG requested and reviewed related correspondence from the program office that established that the PI had permission from NSF's Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) to attend and participate in the meeting with NSF. Therefore, we determined that there was no COI. With respect to misuse of grant funds, Complainant alleged that the awardee used NSF award funds tb pay for a consultant of a Department of Education ward^ because there were no funds remaining in that award. In fact, the project appeared to have been dually supported by the NSF and DoEd awards, and therefore, both awards were properly used to fund the consultant at issue. In addition, Complainant alleged that the awardee used NSF award funds to pay him salary for time that he was not permitted to report to work, and to pay him a lump sum pursuant to a settlement agreement, that included attorney's fees. The documentation received from the awardee did not substantiate these allegations, or any of the other more minor allegations that Therefore, no further OIG action is warranted. Accordingly, this case is closed. NSF OIG Fonn 2 (1 1/02) I
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2006-04-14.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)