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UF audit finds errant research spending
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published July 2, 2007
GAINESVILLE - University of Florida administrators are calling for more scrutiny of research spending after an internal audit found some money intended to support scientists went to office furniture, catering services and promotional T-shirts.
UF auditors found the university had a lack of "clear understanding" of how to spend money intended to support researchers. The audit found the university did a good job distributing the money, but did not adequately track how it was spent.
Joelen Merkel, chairwoman of the university trustees' audit committee, said the audit shows a need for more oversight of research expenditures.
"I'm not happy with the findings, " she told the Gainesville Sun in a story published Sunday. "But the whole idea of doing an audit is to find areas where we can strengthen our controls."
About a third of the expenditures in a sample of 99 questionable accounts inspected by auditors "did not appear to support research" as required by spending rules. The expenses included $682 for catering and $1, 000 for T-shirts to promote a wellness program. Auditors also found researchers spent $3, 500 to furnish an administrative office.
"That doesn't pass the smell test for me, but if you bought chairs for your research lab it would, " UF provost Janie Fouke said.
The questionable expenditures were minor considering the millions UF gets in research support, said Tom Walsh, the university's director of sponsored research and compliance.
"The main message was it looks like everything is being done appropriately, " Walsh said.
UF is working on standardized rules to replace individual department guidelines on spending of indirect research money, Fouke said. They will also improve tracking of the money.
"The scale (of problems) we're seeing here is not the scale that would probably attract the attention of a federal agency, but that's why you do an audit, " she said.