L.-AI'IONALSCIENCE FOUNDATION WASHINGTON, D.C, 2 3 5 5 0 Off i c e of Inspector General MEMORANDUM DATE: March 3 0 , 1995 ' FROM: .... .- ............................. .- . ..-. .- ..... ? VIA : SUBJECT: Allegation of Misuse of Funds rat ~-ght TO: Case No. I95020006 1 . On February 13, 1992, we received an alleg possible misuse of grants funds by the Since May 1994, several articles have appeared in the newspaper suggesting that the b-1 acquired land for their new museum building by a purchase price which was 3 times the appraised value of the land. According to the articles, the former Director is said to have secured the agreement. m i o n , the articles imply that the former associate director was soliciting political contributions from individuals who had business with the science center. In 1994, we awarded a grant - We examined account summaries for this award and another grant which was awarded in 1992. Though we did find some minor shifting of funds among several expense categories, the use of the funds was generally consistent with the We also interviewed by telephone Dr. he principal investigator (PI) on one of the gr stated that he was not aware of any improper expenses but understood our concern. As we found no evidence to substantiate the allegations of misuse of funds, and due to limited investigative resources, further investigation of the allegations is not warranted at this time. This case is closed. I I
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1995-03-30.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)