I C l o s e o u t Computers NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION ( Page 1 of 2 4201 WILSON BOULEVARD ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22230 '1 I OFFICE OF INSPECTORGENERAL MEMORANDUM Date: August 27, 1998 -4 To: File No. I97 110059 From: - I S ~ e c i aAeent. l lnvestieations ~ e 4 t i o n - n v - e s r t y t u d e n t Tra - -- I( s ~ ~ e n t - i n - c h a r gInvestigations e, Section Re: Case ~ l o s e o u ~ ~ i r e c t o rcomputers a t e On November 24, 1997 our office received information that government com uter equipment and software had been stolen from the ~ i r e c t o r a t e P a t NSF. The complainant had been told by -emplofee that N S F staff had been approached by (former NSP emplo$ee) and , a computer assistant, and asked if they wanted to purchase stolen NSF equipment. The complainant suspected of steal& this I equipment. Over the past 2 years, over $15,000 worth of computer equiphent and software has been-stolen f r o m We initiated a review to find i f t - ~ - or possibly other NSF employees had been stealing the govern'ment equipment. 't We interviewed a n NSF employee who suggested t h a 1 t who is a VISA cardholder for his division, might be taking some of tAis equip!ment and supplies that he is supposed to purchase for his office. This eknployee said that s supervisor does not administer proper oversight for purchases, and virtually gives him carte blanche with the Visa card. 1; Visa During our investigation, we learned that almost everyone in the division had I access to the keys to the storage room where some computer equipment was stolen. Although we were told that routinely is in thd' NSF building after normal working hours, a review of access card fi,ies shoded no evidence of 1 I ~loseout~~om~uters '1 Page 2 of 2 s-' when certain equipment was stolen. I card being used over the weekend or at night during the time period 11 1 I We found no way to identifjr exactly what was purchased and therefore could I1 not verify the location of specific equipment. A review bf Visa cardholder procurement files did not reveal any evidence of inappropriate Aonduct. We found that almost half of the reviewed files were unorganized ahd incomplete. We also found that there is no set standard on how Visa files a!-e maintained. Of the 8 files we reviewed, we found s to be the most dborganized and most difficult to track expenditures. We recommended to Head of Procurement Section (DAS), that she consider defininglmore clear procedures for recording, receiving approval for, and tracking the purchase of I computers and similar equipment. I Other than the suspicion and rumors of various NSF employees, we found no or . heref fore, - . direct evidence of wrongdoing by this case is 'I closed, pending additional information.
NSF Employee Misconduct
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1998-09-15.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)