NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A12100071 Page 1 of 1 A program officer 1 at NSF under the Intergovernmental Personal Act (IP A) allegedly violated the conflict of interests (COl) rules by suggesting that a PI2 on an award3 he recommended for funding contact someone at his new home institution4 for advice on revising the proposed budget. The program officer was originally at NSF on assignment from a different institution, 5 which was terminating his contract. At the time he made the suggestion to the PI, he was in the process ofbeing hired by his new home institution located near the PI's institution, thereby creating the appearance of a COL The program officer in his short time at NSF demonstrated a failure to understand the COl rules, and NSF consequently decided to terminate his IP A assignment before the end ofthe first year. Thus, NSF has taken steps to protect its funding decision-making process and no further consideration of this allegation is warranted. Accordingly, this case is closed. NSF OIG Form 2 (11102)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2014-05-25.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)