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Key Regulations

RESEARCH MISCONDUCT

NSF's Research Misconduct regulation is found at 45 CFR 689. Research misconduct means fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing or performing research funded by NSF, reviewing research proposals submitted to NSF, or in reporting research results funded by NSF.

AVAILABILITY OF RECORDS

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

GOVERNMENT-WIDE DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION

2 CFR part 180 (2006) as implemented by 2 CFR part 2520 (2007).

The GSA maintains a list of debarred individuals and organizations (within the System for Award Management) to facilitate excluding listed persons from participation in government contracts or receiving government benefits or financial assistance. This list 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.