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A senior manager violated the Smithsonian’s Standards of Conduct, Code of Ethics, and contracting policies pertaining to conflicts-of-interest issues due to his personal involvement in the acquisition of a sole-source contract. Additionally, he violated the Smithsonian’s Time and Attendance and Record-Keeping policy by recording duty hours that were not worked. The OIG reported these findings to management, and management declined to take action, citing the senior manager’s intended retirement.
An employee violated the Smithsonian’s Standards of Conduct by not following generally accepted professional standards when he did not disclose, on three occasions, the source of funds for his research. In five other instances, the OIG was not able to definitively determine whether he should have made financial disclosures. As a result of the OIG’s investigation, management issued a letter of counseling to the employee.
An employee fraudulently received $4,100 in unemployment benefits by not reporting her Smithsonian employment and wages. During the course of the investigation, the employee was arrested and pled guilty to an unrelated criminal felony violation. Based on the employee’s criminal conviction, management terminated her employment.
Two employees used Smithsonian computers to access pornographic websites. As a result of the OIG’s investigation, management terminated their employment.
An employee attempted to steal Smithsonian cleaning supplies. Furthermore, during the investigation, the OIG discovered that the employee had provided materially false information regarding criminal history in his federal employment application questionnaire. Management allowed the employee to retire in lieu of a proposed termination.
After Smithsonian employees as part of their official duties received a lost wallet, the money contained in the wallet was stolen. Two Smithsonian employees were found to have violated the Smithsonian Lost and Found policies by not properly securing and inventorying the wallet. The OIG could not definitively determine which employee was responsible for the theft. As a result of the OIG’s investigation, management issued a letter of reprimand to the supervisory employee responsible for properly securing the wallet.
An employee used his Smithsonian-issued firearm in a threatening manner toward a Smithsonian contractor employee. As a result of the OIG’s investigation, management suspended the employee without pay for 14 days.
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