NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: I05080043 Page 1 of 1 In the course of reviewing awards that included participant support in their budgets, we found that under one workshop award' grant funds budgeted for participant support had been used for laboratory supplies, in violation of NSF rules.2 We inquired whether tde required written approval had been obtain for the use of participant support funds for other purposes. We also asked about a planned workshop dinner, because if the dinner was provided at no cost to the participants, then for each of them the dinner portion of the per diem meal allocation should have been deducted from the per diem for that day. Finally, we asked whether any fees were charged to workshop participants, and if so how they were accounted for. In response to our query, the awardee stated that: written approval had not been obtained, so the charges for laboratory supplies had been removed; the dinner was not provided at no cost to the participants; and no fees were charged to the participants.up& request, the university provided a document showing the crediting of the cost of tKe laboratory supplies to the grant account. Accordingly, this case is closed. NSF Grant Policy Manual (NSF 95-26) l1618.1.b. I1 NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2006-01-24.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)