Admin. Financial Violations (PI/PS)

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-06-16.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

                                                  NA TI ONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
                                                   OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
                                                     OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS

                                            CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM

Case Number: 1-15050017                                                                     Page 1of1

        We opened this case based on an allegation that a principal investigator 1 improperly used NSF
        award2 funds distributed to the PI's university_,_3 ~

        We requested and reviewed the general ledgers and financial documents for this award and
        identified a number of questionable and unallowable expenditures, most notably the travel
        expenses of the Pl. After reviewing these expenses with the university, we requested the university
        conduct an audit of the PI' s travel expenses for seven other recent NSF awards and furnish us a
        report of its findings.

        Ultimately, the university agreed to reimburse NSF the unallowable expenses4 from the initial
        award and an additional amount5 from the other awards the university had audited. In addition, the
        PI was issued a written reprimand, denied any salary increase or promotion until 2019, and must
        complete training on the proper stewardship of federal awards. Finally, the university implemented
        a number of enhancements to its stewardship of federal awards, including a new mandatory
        training program for all faculty that plan to apply for or currently have a federal award ..

         This case is closed with no further action taken.

NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)