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)

                                                  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.

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