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UNT Health Science Center to repay US government $13 million

UNT Health Science Center to repay US government $13 million

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UNT Health Science Center to repay US government $13 million
February 20
22:28 2018

The UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) agreed Friday to pay more than $13 million to the United States government to settle claims related to federal grants, according to a news release from the United States Department of Justice.

The Fort Worth medical school and research center violated rules regarding the use of federal research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“Integrity is one of our core values, and that means owning, correcting and learning from our mistakes,” UNTHSC President Michael Williams said in a news release.

UNTHSC self-reported the discrepancies in 2015. Internal revenue data from January 2011 to February 2016 showed issues with how the center compensated workers for time and effort spent in pursuing projects sponsored by the NIH. The $13 million will cover the errors made.

As a recipient of NIH grant funds, UNTHSC is required to accurately report time and effort spent on the grants given to them “through records that accurately reflect the work performed and an appropriate system of internal controls,” the DOJ said.

Because this was not reported accurately, the center received inaccurate payments that did not correspond to the time and effort reports. The center reviewed about 120 NIH-funded projects from the six-year period for the investigation.

The center has since announced that they have “extensively revamped [their] system of tracking federally funded research projects” by restructuring its Division of Research and Innovation.

“We are improving and sustaining a culture of compliance and accountability through better training, tools, education and administrative support,” Vice President of Research Anuja Ghorpade said in a news release from UNTHSC. “We now have a plan in place that solidifies the infrastructure for a high-functioning research administration compliance program.”

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