NATIONAL SCIENCE FOLINDATION 4201 WILSON BOULEVARD ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22230 OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL - MEMORANDUM Date: March 25, 1997 . . .. .- ._ .~._ ._. . To: I96070043 From: Via: '7 pecial Agent-in-Ch Re: Resolution of Case O n May 28, 1996, our office received an allegation from U.S. Air Force (USAF) Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Special Agent -that 9, an employee of the University of Arizona, was obtainin federa excess property from the Defense Reutilization Marketing Office (DRMO) at Air Force Base for supposed use on USAF and NSF grants, and then diverting the excess property for his own use. Specifically, it was alleged t h a t m obtained, among other things, a crane from the DRMO but that the University of Arizona can not account for this piece of property. A review of NSF records showed that approximately 17 NSF 'grants were used by the University of Arizona to obtain federal excess property. However, of all of the requests for federal property made under these grants name and signature only appear once (the form it appears on does not request a In addition, investigation by S/A determined that USAF resources were not misappropriated by= and that, in any event, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) was the cognizant Department of Defense component managing investigations involving DRMOs. Thus, on September 9, 1996, S/A c l o s e d his investigation of this matter and transferred the allegation to DCIS. Our office contacted DCIS S/A and was informed that DCIS has yet to formally open an investigation reported that during his preliminary investigation of this matter he could fin of any crane being sold - through anv of the area DRMOs and no record of the Universitv crane through the federal excess property program. Because of S/A of - .- Arizona ever acauiring a preliminary results, problems associated with successfully prosecuting one of cases, see attached memo), and the fact tha; DCIS has yet to open an investigation of this matter, further use of NSF OIG investigation resources are not warranted at this time. This case is closed.
Theft of NSF Property
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1997-03-25.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)