I [ - NATIONALSCIENCE FOUNDATION 4201 WILSON BOULEVARD ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22230 OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL MEMORANDUM Date: March 3 1, 1997 To: ..... ---... ..... .-.. .. .............................. ......... Through: s p e c i a l From: y, Investigations Section -- I 1- Case Close Out .. -, . ....-..-..... . . . . . . , O n September 13, 1996, an accountant from Madison, WI referre office concerning NSF's While conducting an audit for the t h e accountrint's audi manager and executive director, was often not at the sites that he said he business. Thev also heard t h a m a d a financial interest in , a vendor for th-gant. stated that had been absent from many ; and conferences.' manager and his- v. . . , , the uroiect how much t i m m h a d charged to the grant, but he was not present very often. She also stated that she has assigned other staff members to do- work because he is could have been doing work for the ) during the time that he was supposed has been the PI and Co-PI on the following NSF awards since 1991: NSF grant no. NSF grant no. I As stated in the budget j u s t i f i c a t i o n , e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s did not include leading and developing His job tasks did include site development and visitation, however. e l e p h o n e d NSFOIG and agreed to a voluntary interview, which took place on January 16, 1997. Prior to the interview, provided, on a voluntary basis, a journal of his work activities and timesheets for grants detailing all of the time he spent L I working on various projects and assignments. also brought documents to the interview, including a calendar where he records a1 y and the original I copy of his journal as well as other information about and his various work activities. After the i n t e r v i e w , m n t us copies of for t h m m s that he had attended as well as copies of his timecards. Based upon I the documents provided, we found no evidence or patterns of fraud or mischarging to .- the grant. I .. . .. .- - .. . m r o v i d e d us with a sworn statement explaining his job responsibilities and positions, current projects, record keeping, and relationship to He explained that he kept various records and j o w information he listed on the timesheets. He began keeping these records after hearing rumors relating to his conduct on grants. In a d d i t i o n p t a t e d that he has always been accessible to his staff through a pager and cellular phone. non-profit company that he began with a camping and other equipment. m thereby recovering the costs of the stated that he had never paid any evidence contrary to explanations. of the allegations company and i n m i g h t conflict with his other work responsibilities. is the current treasurer for th has held that position since 1994. said that all travel and functions are reimbursed through admitted conducted work for his NSF grants in conjunction with his travel, and therefore charged the grants accordingly. These charges memorandums for travel reimbursements. We reviewed the timesheets, participant support payments and journal records for the grantsZand have found no evidence grant, nor have we of fraud. In addition, we have foun no evidence showing that financial interest in 8 influenced the management of t h e m g r a n t . Based case is closed. We also reviewed the timesheets that m provided for NSF grant no. .
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1997-03-31.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)