Admin. Financial Violations (PI/PS) PI Misconduct

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-01-22.

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

 Case Number: I13100056                                                                     Page 1 of 1

         We received an allegation that a PI1 on NSF awards was spending significant time away from his
         university, and charging travel to his NSF awards that was not within the scope of the awards.
         We reviewed records from all of the PI’s open awards and determined there were travel expenses
         charged to the awards beyond that which was budgeted.

         We queried the university, which carried out a review of the PI’s travel and ultimately decided to
         return to NSF any funds that were used on travel that could not be clearly justified as legitimate
         travel within the scope of the PI’s awards. Further, the university informed us that it would
         prospectively increase oversight of the PI’s award charges. Finally, the university informed us
         that it will ensure that the PI includes all expected travel in his submitted budgets and that he
         notifies NSF program officers of any changes from those submitted budgets.

         This case is closed with no further action taken.


NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)