NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM On June 23,2003, information was received in the OIG Office indicating that an NSF ~ m ~ l o ~ e e ' had sent an E-mail from her NSF Outlook Program to numerous other NSF employees identifling a family member as a source of products and advising them ofan ongoing contest. The primary concern was that the employee might have been utilizing NSF resources to promote a personal business in violation of NSF Bulletin 98-13. The subsequent investigation identified that the E-mail did not offer any items for sale or request any response from the recipients and was only advising them of a source for the products and a chance to register to win some money. There were no indications that the subject was attempting to sell or otherwise conduct a personal business through the E-mail and she did not receive any type of financial gain from the notification. Further review of the subject's E-mail folders failed to identify any similar or otherwise inappropriate &mails sent or maintained by this employee. It was noted however that the current policies regarding permitted uses of the E-mail program are vague and difficult to locate. These issues have been previously identified and were the subject of several other investigations and resulted in a recommendation being forwarded to NSF to clarify the agency's current policies addressing the personal use of NSF Technology and Communication Resources. Accordingly, this case is closed. NSFOIGFO~ 2 (1 1/02)
NSF Employee Misconduct
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2003-07-11.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)