NATIONAL SCIENCE FOllNDATlON 4201 WILSON BOULEVARD ARLINGTON. VIRGINIA 22230 OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL MEMORANDUM DATE: October 12, 1995 .. ..., r.. ..... ........ ...-.. .................................. .._. TO: Case # I95080028 FROM: - THROUGH: RE: Allegation h,at- Head of DAS Publication Services, was Awarding Printing Contracts to Personal Friends and Former NSF Employees r , This investigation was reopened on Septsmber 5, 1995, when our office received a second anonymous allegation claiming that Head of NSF's Division of Administrative Services @AS) Publication Services Section, was issuing former co-workers and fiiends, specifically printing contracts. We obtained and reviewed all -awards.- once employed at NSF fiom 1988 to 1989 as a permanent, part-time Desktop Publications Specialist, was awarded five contracts for computer graphic design work. All of the contracts were awarded during 1994 and 1995, approximately five to six years afier- employment with NSF. Our investigation disclosed that an- are personal friends. However, based on interviews with the DAS employees, we determined that th; award-received were not influenced by her fiendship with It is clear that-did violate any conflict of interest rules as set forth in .C.$207. Of these awards, three were sole-source contracts (no competition because the award amount was under $5,000) and two were However, one- was canceled after necessary signatures fiom b- r solicitation, -authorizing payment. -- agreement.' The documentation in contracts was complete and contained the head of the composition unit, authorizing the bid contracting officer in DAS, authorizing the award, and In addition, we i n t e r v i e w e d , and six current employees and one former employee from the Publication Services section. These interviews served to corroborate that was awarded contracts well after she had left NSF and that was not I technical contracting officer w a s ) . Due to the lack of substantial evidence, firther investigation is not warranted at this time. - - - This case &-dosed - .- -- -.- - - - -- -- - - - - - - ---
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1995-10-12.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)