NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: I 03110058 Page 1 of 1 A proactive review of various Conference Grants identified two concerns regarding a grant to a midwestern university1that required additional investigation. The first concern involved various travel expenses for P.I. listed on the award to travel to Washington for a meeting with NSF regarding the funded project. If the purpose of this meeting was to attempt to influence NSF officials on a pending proposal, it could be a violation of the Byrd ~ m e n d m e n t . ~ \-* The second issue involved references contained in the university's response to our initial request for additional documentation. Although the grantee stated that there was no Program Income generated by the Grant, there were references identifying registration fees for a "workshop" held in 2002. In December 2003 we requested additional information fiom the university regarding the award3 and we received a response from the university on February 15,2004~. Our review of the university's response and the supporting documentation, including financial documents that they submitted, found their explanations to be sufficient and supported ,by the documents. Additionally, the issues identified during the preliminary review have been addressed and it has been determined that the university did not violate any NSF policies or procedures and no future action is warranted. Accordingly, this case is closed. 1 NSF 01G Form 2 (1 1/02) I
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2004-03-15.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)