NATIONAL SCIENCE FOllNDATlON 4201 WILSON BOULEVARD ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 22230 OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL MEMORANDUM Date: April 22, 1999 To: File No. I99030005 From: Via: Subject: Background: We received a letter dated The alle ations came from a former postdo toral fellow and co-founder- o g o also worked under s - listed as the PI on one of three NSF awards at issue. I According to the l e t t e r , m c e i v e d and investigated several allegations raised by- -he following issues are of concern to our oflice: 1 har ed higher I prices on certain products to some labs than others within da financial interest in d that he ordered upplies under the NSF awards. _1'n~uiry and Findings: Allegation 1: Pricing inconsistencies on specific products to different labs within- F i r e c t o r of Purchasing, and other dministrative officials inquired into various aspects of the COI allegations, or not the lab was overcharged for the supplies, and whether they were overstocked on these supplies. an inquiry into all facets of the Laboratory's He interviewed a number of requisitioners, including who disclosed she had received an I The letter stater t h a t a s paid salary under NlH awards. l having ordered supplies fro fi was cause for the difference in prices across - ade a determination that there ependent upon when customers first ordered and whether or not manufacturer's price increases had been passed on to them. e d to disclose his personal interest in the institution that he had an ownership I .I.); -- m.1,); and P.I.) mgloyrnent wit- terminated on January 3 1, 1999 for s ' no i t u t i t sn! % ! ! !8 COI policy. Investigation: On March 29, 1999, we interviewed w i r e c t o r s telephone, to ask h o w a d assured that they I new ownership and that they were not overcharged fo roducts that were purchased. We requested and following documentation on March 3 1 and April 1, 1999: charged to the three NSF awards; 3) the D&B b title as postdoctoral fellow under- I and 5 if known I I Findings: 1 etter indicated the potential for mishse of NSF grant funds by- evidence to support tha-sused the $3,741.40 of NSF grant funds to his financial benefit. The dollar mounts of $3,741.40 were minor for materials and supplies, considering the amounts budgeted for each of the three awards. We have concluded that-onducted a full and thorough inquiry. The actions taken a g a i n s - -0 -- - .. response to their findings were appropriate. No further review is warranted at this time. Case is closed. . . m o n f l i c t s of interest policy is in the file.
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1999-04-22.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)