... Page 1 of 2 NATIONAL SCI~NCEFOUNDATION 4201 WILSON BOULEVARD ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22230 OFF~CEOF INSPECTOR GENERAL MEMORANDUM -- -Date: Eebruary 2, 19 gations RE: Closeout- I 1 Background On December 15, 1998, NSF-OIG ~nvesti~itions received q m p l a i n t from sq. of the U.S. Attorney's Eastern Distnct o issouri office. The re ator a1 eged that dD s e d his name and credentials to obtain federal funding or NSF. NIH. and VA =ants. In addition. the u relator alleged that harged salaries to a NSF grant for individuals who were working on other grants. The majority of the complaint pertained to NIH grants. The relator states that he did not work on these grants. ~ h e l -omplaint was under seal until February 2, 1999. The invpstigation revealed that ad originally listed the relator on his p~;oposal for NSF funding. However, approved by the agency did not contain the relator's name as an individual that would be working on the project. The relator was never listed as a PI or a Co-PI. The NSF Chief of Cost Analysis/Audit Resolution ran chi^^^ reviewed the grant jacket with personnel from OIG and OGC and ' determined that there were no irregularities in the grant file paperwork with respect to information provided by the relator. Due to the seal on the complaint, investigators were prohibited from contactin- -without contactin accounting documentation, investigators were unable to grant was charged for work the rklator did not complete, or if salaries were charged to the grant for other individuals not working on the grant. OGC contacted the AUSA in charge of the complaint and notified him that NSF is riot interested in joining the complaint. In addition, OGC infonned the AUSA that if NIH discovers misuse of NSF funds while conducting its investigation, NSF would at that time be willing to review the NSF related material. Conclusions Based on the determination that there were no, irregularities discovered with the NSF grant, and the fact that the seal on the compl:&ntprohibited investigators from contacting the awakee institution to obtain further information regarding the use of NSF funds: this , case may be re-opened at a future date upon notificatidn by case is closed. ~ i w e v e rthis ..... .. . . . NM orthe AUSA that there .~ ~- was a misuse of NSF funds. - - .- - _ .. -- . .. . , . ., , . - " . - . -. ..... _.. _. .
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1999-02-02.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)