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Key Regulations

RESEARCH MISCONDUCT

NSF's Research Misconduct regulation is found at 45 CFR 689.

The above regulation only applies to conduct that occured on or after April 17th, 2002. For alleged misconduct that occurred before April 17, 2002, we use this definition and follow the procedure described in 45 CFR 689 above.

AVAILABILITY OF RECORDS

FOIA/Privacy Act (for closeout memoranda or investigation reports)
Processing Requests (search for 45 CFR 612.4)
Appeals (search for 45 CFR 612.9)

GOVERNMENT-WIDE DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION

2 CFR part 180 (2006) as implemented by Debarment and Suspension List.

The GSA maintains a list of debarred individuals and organizations (EPLS) in order to facilitate excluding listed persons from participation in government2 CFR 2520.10 (2007) contracts or receiving government benefits or financial assistance. This link is provided as a reference source to allow grant processors and investigators to determine whether a given entity is debarred and to take appropriate actions. To comply with NSF regulations, grant officers must confirm that an awardee is not debarred before conferring funds.

PROHIBITED PERSONNEL PRACTICES WHISTLEBLOWING HATCH ACT VIOLATIONS

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency, safeguards the merit system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing. OSC serves as a safe and secure channel for federal workers who wish to disclose violations of laws, gross mismanagement or waste funds, abuse of authority, and a specific danger to the public health and safety. In addition, OSC enforces and provides advisory opinions regarding the Hatch Act, and protects the rights of federal employee military veterans and reservists under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994. Information about OSC's functions, including how to file a complaint, make a protected disclosure, or receive a Hatch Act advisory opinion can be found on OSC's web site.

QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT

Identity Theft is a crime. If you are concerned that your social security number, credit card number, or other pieces of personal information have been used unlawfully, you may contact NSF OIG for assistance. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) web site contains useful information that may assist you in resolving your concerns. Download the "Identity Theft" brochure for further information regarding "Identity Theft".

MORE INFORMATION

To report possible research misconduct, fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement, please call us at (703) 292-7100 and ask to speak to an investigator, our use the OIG hotline page.

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