e C L ' Sc, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION !@: OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL z OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS 4 0 &N D A+O CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: 1-06090030 Page 1 of 1 I The Office of Inspector General received an allegation that a NSF contracting officer' said there would be "adverse consequences" if the complainant2, a non-selected bidder, protested NSF non-selection decision to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Our investigation determined that, during a heated telephonic debrief, the contracting officer communicated such comments to the non-selected bidder in a manner that improperly linked future relations with NSF to the company's right to protest a contracting decision to the GAO. By the time of this investigation, the contracting officer had left his employment with NSF. In the course of our investigation we determined that a new Division ~ i r e c t o recently r~ assumed control of the NSF office in question. When asked about the conduct at issue, the Division Director informed us that separate and apart from the matter under investigation, he had already initiated the development of a training program for his personnel. The Division Director was made aware of our conclusions in this matter and has incorporated this matter into his training plan to ensure all contracting officers understand and comply with FAR provisions, NSF policies, and his expectations as Division Director regarding maintaining an environment where small businesses and others can question or complain without fear of retaliation. In light of the above, no further investigative effort is necessary in this matter. Accordingly, this case is closed. a NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
NSF Employee Misconduct
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-03-13.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)