Office of Inspector General
February 10, 1989, the National Science Board (NSB), in compliance with
the Inspector General Act Amendments of 1988 (Public Law 100-504),
established NSF's Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG is headed
by an Inspector General (IG), who reports directly to the NSB and
Congress. Under the law, the IG has the authority and responsibility to
conduct audits, inspections, and investigations involving any NSF
proposal, award, program, function, system, or operation. OIG is also
- promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of NSF programs and operations;
- preventing and detecting fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in NSF programs and operations;
- commenting on legislation and regulations that affect NSF;
- preventing, detecting, and handling cases involving research misconduct; and
- issuing Semiannual Reports to the Congress that describe OIG activities.
support of these responsibilities, OIG has statutory authority to
subpoena or otherwise obtain all records, files, reports, documents, or
materials needed to conduct audits, inspections, and investigations.
The IG is independent and may not be prevented from carrying out any
audit, inspection, or investigation or issuing any report.