Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"Employee misconduct investigations, often involving workers accessing pornography from their government computers, grew sixfold last year inside the taxpayer-funded foundation that doles out billions of dollars of scientific research grants, according to budget documents and other records obtained by The Washington Times.
"The problems at the National Science Foundation (NSF) were so pervasive they swamped the agency's inspector general and forced the internal watchdog to cut back on its primary mission of investigating grant fraud and recovering misspent tax dollars.
"`To manage this dramatic increase without an increase in staff required us to significantly reduce our efforts to investigate grant fraud,` the inspector general recently told Congress in a budget request. `We anticipate a significant decline in investigative recoveries and prosecutions in coming years as a direct result.`"
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