NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL I OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: 1-03-05-0016 11 Page 1 of 1 An internal review of the Government Travel Credit Card Program by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG) revealed the possibility of unauthorized use of the government travel credit card. ' A review of the subject employee's travel credit card statement transaction reports reflected multiple cash withdrawals and other charges which did not appear to be associated with official government travel. )I NSFIOIG referred this case to the United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia who declined prosecution in lieu of agency administrative action. OIG's referral to NSF resulted in the subject employee receiving a suspension from duty and pay The decision for suspension is attached and constitutes part of this closeout document. - Accordingly, this case is closed ' Footnote Redacted I NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02) I1 /I - National S~ienoeFoundation I 4201 Wilson B6ulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230 Memorandum DATE: TO: 0 I FROM: 0 SUBJECT: Decision on Proposed Suspension 1 uspensionfrom duty and pay from your position as I for five (5) calendar days because of your misuse of the You were given the right to reply orally and in writing and to present affidavits or other Ihave given much thought and consideration to your response and the file supporting the proposed action. In both your oriil and written responses, you did not refute the charge, but explained that your medical treatments during that time led you to use your government travel card in order to cover the debt You apologized and acknowledged that it was a mistake in judgment. As an alternative to the .proposed action, you asked that Iconsider having you volunteer at a local literacy council tutoring adults in basic reading and writing as a way of rectifying your mistake. You stated that the commitment of time and effort would be equal to or greater than the 40 hours lost under a suspension action. In her statemen- -aid she has been helping you cope with the trauma and symptoms you have been expenencing over several years. She stated that you and she have made a great deal of , significant progress, and asked that your personal circumstances and hardship be considered when deciding the outcome. Based on the facts of this case, Ihave determined that the evldence presented in the file fully supports the charge. After considering your responses and the evidence, Ido not believe an alternative penalty would be appropriate in this case, and I've determined that suspension 1s warranted in order to promote the efCidency of the Federal service. In reaching this declsion, Iconsidered the factors F set forth in her proposal letter such as the nature arid level of your position, the na ure and seriousness of your misconduct, and its impact on our office effectiveness. This type of misconduct Is serious and reflects /I poorly on #e office and the a member of one of NSF's Accordingly, you are expected to exhibit the highest level of pmfessionalism. Your / demonstrated lack of judgment In this matter has impacted my confidence In your role a$ steward of the public trust. $ Ialso considered that you were dearly on notice that misusing your government travel card was unacceptable and could result in disciplinary action. Ifind it significant that despite the number of tlmes you were offidally notified and warned, you continued to misuse your government travel card. Ialso considered the personal difficulties you shared in your oral and wtitten responses, and the statement sent b m Ifeel sympathy for what you have faced and commend the progress you have made w - in overcoming these experiences. Iencourage you to continue thls movement forward. Ido note that m i s o amsldered these hardships on your behalf when she proposed a more lenlent penalty than what the violations could , have supported. I believe Ireach an appropriate balance in upholding the 5day suspension as a fair penalty in this matter. Therefore, you will 'be suspended from consecutive calendar days, effective both dates lnclus that time. You are expected to return to duty on that during the period of your suspension, you are not to perform work for the National + Sdence Foundation. Please understand that further repetitionof this or any other type of misconduct going forward may result in more severe disdplinary action, up to.and including your removal from -- . the Federal'service. You have the right to grieve this action under the provisions of the negotiatedgrievance procedure described in Article XVI of the Collective Bargafning Agreement between Local 3403, AFGE, AFL-CIO, and the National Science Foundation, a copy of which is attached. You may present a grievance at any time after receipt of this memorandum, but not later than -' twenty-five (25) calendar days after receipt Your grievance under thls procedure must begin as an informal grievance and may be presented either orally or in writing. If vou have any aukstions about his decision' or do not understand the reasons given, please cdntad me immediately. If you have any qu&tlons regarding your fights or the procedures ' used in this matter, you may conta
NSF Employee Misconduct
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2004-09-30.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)