NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE.OF INVESTIGATIONS 8 I CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM TO: AIGI I File Number: 197080040 I Date: 02 March 2002 Subject: Closeout Memo I Page 1 of 1 There was no closeout written at the time this case was closed. The following information was extracted from the file in conformance with standard closeout documents. Our office was informed that the subject' allegedly did not participate in an international collaboration as proposed, but spent all the grant funds. OIG reviewed grant financial documents which showed that all the funds were spent. OIG interviewed a foreign scientist, who had not come to the institution2to collaborate as was planned in the NSF award. Once the OIG review began, the subject did contact the foreign scientist and the collaboration began. The institution administration returned funds to the grant and insured that the grant project would be completed. Accordingly this case is closed. MEMORANDUM Date: , September 30,1997 To: File No. I97080040 From: Special Agent, Investigations Section Special Agent, Investigations Section Re: Close out - Our office received an allegation that a principal investigator (PI) at the University of ad received an NSF grant but had not conducted the work for the project. O& offiie investigated to see if the PI, had hudulently used these grant funds. NSF.awarded grant no in the amount of to on , 1994. For this project, NSF approved funding for a scientist from the to travel to and collaborate with NSF approve; a budget that included in participant support costs and foreign travel to cover thc scientist's expenses. NSF expressly stated in the award letter that the grantee could not change participant support costs. or foreign travel costs without first consulting and receiving approval from NSF. Investigation: At the time we began our investigation in April 1997, the grant had already expired after receiving a no-cost extension which ended in December 1996. As of April, the collaboration had not occurred. In addition, all of the funds for this grant had been spent, including the funds for participant support and foreign travel. Our ofice contacted the university and requested financial documents for the grant. Shortly after we contacted the university, ,tatted the NSF program officer, citing concerns about the investigation and asking for another no cost extension, assuring the program manager that he had made plans for the collaboration and it would occur. NSF approved another no-cost extension, and the ientist came to D 397. Recommendation/Conclusion: I We recommended to the university that it reimburse the grant account for , or a lesser amount if could provide justification for a lesser amount. We also recommended that iversity provide NSF with its oversight pfocedms, in writing, to insure that future grant expenditures are in accordance with NSF regulations. The university agreed with our recommendations. This case is closed.
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1997-08-25.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)