Reporting Allegations

Reporting Allegations – The Division of Program Integrity maintains authority to conduct reviews using the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) auditing standards as guidelines for conducting reviews provisioned by certain authorities.

Reporting Allegations

You may report an allegation by mail, fax, telephone, or email. 
 
National Institutes of Health 
Office of Management Assessment 
Division of Program Integrity 
6011 Executive Blvd., Suite 601, MSC 7669 
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 496-5586 
Fax: (301) 480-1204 
 
 

Reporting Fraud, Abuse, and Waste

All NIH employees have a responsibility to assist in efforts to combat fraud, waste, and abuse in all NIH programs and to report such matters.  They should identify activities that they believe are criminal or improper and report them appropriately.  Employees of NIH contractors are also required to assist in combatting fraud, waste, and abuse in all NIH programs and must report on such matters.  Employees of NIH grantee organizations who become aware of real or apparent fraud, waste, or abuse of financial assistance funds or noncompliance with applicable federal regulations or NIH policies are encouraged to report them.
 
DPI maintains a hotline through which you can report such allegations confidentially.  Individuals reporting allegations to DPI who do no wish to remain anonymous are encouraged to provide information on how they can be contacted for additional information.
To the best of your ability, please provide the following information when reporting allegations:

Type of Complaint

Criminal Offenses
Include, but are not limited to, bribery; fraud; conflicts of financial interest; embezzlement; certain misuse of funds, equipment, and facilities; perjury; and other violations of criminal law by NIH employees, grantees, contractors, or others during business with NIH.

Misuse of Grant and Contract Funds and Other Violations
Any unauthorized or inappropriate use of grant or contract funds that violate federal grant or contract regulations, HHS or NIH grant or contract policy, or the terms of the award, and violations of grant or contract regulations or policy that are not directly tied to misuse of funds. 

Improper Conduct
Does not include criminal offenses as defined above, but includes the performance of one's assigned duties in a manner that purposely contributes to the abuse or waste of the taxpayers' money, is injurious to the integrity of HHS or NIH, or is contrary to the standards of conduct established by HHS and the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) or established personnel practices and policies.

Administrative Offenses
Incidents of improper conduct that affect performance of official duties, which can and should be addressed directly by supervisors with the assistance of their servicing personnel office.  Administrative offenses, which may be a single or recurring incident, include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Leave abuse and other attendance-related offenses such as tardiness and absence without leave;
  • Use of intoxicants or substance abuse that affects performance of official duties;
  • Negligent performance of, or failure to attend to, duties;
  • Insubordinate behavior and failure to follow instructions;
  • Discourteous behavior and offensive or abusive conduct; and
  • Fighting

NIH Institute or Center Affected or Involved

Acronym
​Office Name
 
​CC ​Clinical Center
CSR​ ​Center for Scientific Review
​FIC ​John E. Fogarty International Center
​NCCAM ​National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
​NCI ​National Cancer Institute
​NCMHD ​National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
​NCRR ​National Cancer for Research Resources
​NEI ​National Eye Institute
​NHGRI ​National Human Genome Research Institute
​NHLBI ​National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
​NIA ​National Institute on Aging
NIAAA​ ​National Institute on Alcohol, Abuse, and Alcoholism
​NIAID ​National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases
​NIAMS ​National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
​NIBIB ​National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
​NICHD ​National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
​NIDA ​National Institute on Drug Abuse
​NIDCD ​National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
​NIDCR ​National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
​NIDDK ​National Institute of Diabetes and Other Communication Disorders
​NIEHS ​National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
​NIGMS ​National Institute of General Medical Sciences
​NIMH ​National Institute of Mental Health
​NINDS ​National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
​NINR ​National Institute of Nursing Research
​NLM ​National Library of Medicine
​OD ​Office of the Director
  

Desire to Remain Anonymous

Please indicate in your correspondence​ or phone call if you wish to remain anonymous.  If you do not wish to remain anonymous, please provide your name, address, phone number, and e-mail.

Subjects Involved

Include any information on subject/person/business/department that the allegation involves, including name, title, and address.

Allegation Summary

Provide a brief summary of the allegation submitted for review.​​

Working with the HHS Office of Inspector General

DPI is responsible for managing cases that the HHS OIG refers to NIH for action.  DPI also coordinates, facilitates, and liaises with the HHS OIG Office of Investigations (OI) regarding investigations of NIH programs and employees.  Lastly, DPI addresses issues referred to NIH by the HHS OIG when the Department of Justice declines to pursue a case and when OIG plans no further investigation. 

HHS OIG Hotline

All HHS and contractor employees have a responsibility to assist in combating fraud, waste, and abuse in all departmental programs.  We encourage you to report matters involving fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement at NIH to the HHS OIG.  The HHS OIG maintains a hotline through which you may report vital information confidentially.

Contacting the HHS OIG Hotline:

Office of Inspector General
Attn: OIG Hotline Operations
P.O. Box 23489
Washington, DC 20026
Phone: 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477)

Email: https://forms.oig.hhs.gov/hotlineoperations


For additional contact information visit the OIG Hotline Operations​ and HHS OIG​ websites.
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Contacting DPI

Division of Program Integrity

Acting Director, Kristin Ta

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.

Learn More About Allegations
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