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Report Fraud, Waste or Abuse to the NSF OIG

Contact us to provide information about fraud, waste or abuse via:

Internet Form: click here
Phone: 703-292-7100 (during business hours), or
703-244-4443 (to speak to the duty officer during non-business hours)
Anonymous Hotline: 1-800-428-2189
Fax: 703-292-9158
Mail: 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1135
Arlington, VA. 22230

The people involved in NSF programs and operations, whether NSF employees, grantees, principal investigators, or others working on NSF programs, grants, or contracts, are in the best position to detect problems. You can help the Office of Inspector General (OIG) improve management and eliminate fraud by providing information to OIG about allegations or suspicions of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, research misconduct (fabrication, falsification, plagiarism), or unnecessary government expenditures.

If you need further information or want to discuss any allegation, please contact our office. To ensure that your concerns are appropriately addressed, it is critically important that you provide as much information as possible in support of your complaint, including:

  1. Whether the complaint relates to Recovery Act funded activities,
  2. The identity and contact information of the violator(s),
  3. The identity and contact information of those persons who can corroborate the allegations, and
  4. A description and location of relevant documentary and physical evidence.

While anonymous complaints are welcome, please understand that a lack of sufficient and specific information may mean that our office is unable to investigate the allegation.

If you have concerns about prohibited personnel practices, whistleblowing, or Hatch Act violations, you should review the information on the Office of Special Counsel's web site to determine whether you can report your concern to OSC.

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 web site contains useful information that may assist you in resolving your concerns.

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