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Division of Program Integrity (DPI)

Division of Program Integrity (DPI)

DPI is responsible for reviewing noncriminal allegations of improper employee conduct, misuse of grant or contract funds, and grantee/contractor conflict of interest related to NIH programs and activities.


​About the Division of Program Integrity

The Division of Program Integrity is responsible for reviewing allegations involving NIH programs and activities. DPI is responsible for conducting reviews of allegations involving (1) misuse of NIH grant or contractor funds, (2) grantee or contractor conflicts of interest, and (3) other misconduct or misuse of NIH resources by NIH employees or others doing business with NIH. 

OIG Office of Investigations

DPI is also responsible for collaborating with the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG).  DPI liaises and collaborates with HHS OIG Investigations and the OIG Hotline as follows:
  • Reviews cases that the OIG refers to NIH for administrative action when the Department of Justice (DoJ) declines prosecution.
  • Refers cases to the OIG for investigation when there are indicators of possible criminal violations.
  • Participates in providing advice to the OIG and DoJ regarding False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. §§​ 3729-3733) cases that involve NIH programs. 
  • Coordinates responses to information requests for OIG investigations of NIH programs or employees.
  • Has lead responsibility for cases received through the OIG Hotline. 

Additional Reference​

About Allegations

Contacting DPI

Division of Program Integrity

Director, Deborah Kearse

National Institutes of Health,

Office of Management Assessment

6011 Executive Blvd., Suite 601, MSC 7669

Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: (301) 496-5586

Fax: (301) 480-1204

Want to know more about allegations?

DPI has the authority to conduct reviews using certain rules and acts.

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