The federal agency claims Florida State officials did not provide adequate oversight to ensure consistent compliance with federal regulations and left it to the discretion of its individual colleges, departments, and principal investigators to interpret the procedures correctly.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/25/4657748/fed-gov-wants-fsu-to-repay-3-million.html#storylink=cpy
With all the inefficiencies about, FSU probably wastes $3M a week.
7/25 10:01 PM | IP: Logged
FSU originally was required In November 2011 to pay a $5.9 million fine in the wake of a special audit by the Office of the Inspector General, said Ralph Alvarez, FSU's associate vice president for Budget, Planning and Financial Services.
The fine involved administrative and clerical salaries linked to grants from the National Institutes of Health in 2009 and 2010 fiscal years, Alvarez said.
After FSU provided additional documentation in January, the fine was reduced to $2.9 million, which FSU has appealed and submitted further documentation, he said.
"Our justification provided support for everything except a few very small pieces, less than $50,000," Alvarez said.
Is this for real? A federal agency complaining of lack of oversight by someone else. If FSU blew it then FSU should have to pay up. But fair is fair. The Feds should have to also pay up for their lack of oversight starting with the stimulus $ right on up to the $5 million conferences in Florida last summer by the VA.
8/15 8:14 PM | IP: Logged
Can someone clarify for me whether the issue arose within the Contracts & Grants office or within a unit's/individual's research program? If assessed, I'm trying to understand whose budget is affected.