MEMORANDUM Date: January 5,1999 To: From: Via: Re: College of Engineering, Department We received a letter and November 18, 1998, College of Engineering, According to the official report, the State Auditor's Office received and investigated five allegations of "improper governmental" or financial activities. The allegations came via an unidentified whistleblower. In the report, the auditors detail their findings and the university's corrective actions thus far. Report Findings: Allegation 1 : The use of university computers for personal matters. The Chair of the Department was found to use 4 of his 5 university-issued computers for his personal use, as they were found to contain personal files and software. The University removed . all his personal files from the computers and demanded he attend ethics training. NSF funded t h e grant for a five-year period starting The audit office o evidence that the software, purchased with federal funds, was not being used for the program and no equipment was purchased through federal funds. ~llegation3 : The use. i used a university computer for his personal nessed the sing the computer during regular work hours, limited to off-work hours (lunch, after hours). Th Allegation 4: Equipment and materials and supplies were removed from the department without authorization. No evidence was found to support this assertion. > Allegation 5: The falsified cost transfer invoices to transfer unspent federal gr i .. An i n v e s t i g a mvealed thatdah-t falsif ed so e cost transfer invoices totaling $2,378.12 o grant money. A check was issued ti n the amount of $2,378.12. Conclusion: g . .&, Of the whistleblower's five allegations, only the second was identif;ed to deal dlrectly with NSF grant funding of the this point, the Materials Science Department has Gnce been cleared by the of any misconduct in the purchasing of equipment and computer software As the report reveals, the llegation - falsifying invoices - was the only substantive assertion. A minor sum o grant money was involved and paid off by the University. However, there is standing and ground necessary to look into whether or not the deceptive conduct affected NSF monies Thus, no further review is warranted at this time. Case is closed.
Theft of NSF Property
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1999-01-05.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)