Presentation on theme: "1 Continuous Learning for Administrators of Sponsored Programs (CLASP) A Joint Initiative of the Office of Research and Costing Standards (ORACS), Office."— Presentation transcript:
1 Continuous Learning for Administrators of Sponsored Programs (CLASP) A Joint Initiative of the Office of Research and Costing Standards (ORACS), Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) and Office of University Audit (OUA) Salim AlaniDirector, OUA Donna BeyeaORPA Gunta LidersDirector, ORPA Mary Jo LykeManager, ORACS Michael RitzManager, OUA Douglas WylieUniversity Controller
2 HOW DO YOU FIT INTO AN EFFECTIVE STEWARDSHIP ROLE? As Principal Investigator or business manager, you set the tone at the top Evaluate operational impact that non compliance may have on the University, the school and you individually Public relations impact potential impact that public disclosure of non-compliance would have on reputational risk of institution and your professional reputation Effective managers have to be an active part of the solution Compliance is everyone’s responsibility
3 FAILURE TO MANAGE COMPLIANCE RISKS HAS RESULTED IN REPUTATIONAL DAMAGE TO SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST RESPECTED INSTITUTIONS Public Demand for Improved Control Thomas Jefferson University Medicare over-billing $12 mil University of Minnesota Misuse federal grants 32 mil New York University Medical Center Inflated research grant costs $15.5 mil Stanford University Inflated research overhead costs $1.2 mil University of Texas Underpayment of royalties whistle blower $12 mil Duke University Sexual harassment $0.5 mil University of Chicago Research fraud and abuse $650,000 Yale University Medical over-billing $5.6 mil Miscellaneous Scientific Misconduct Johns Hopkins Harvard (2) Yale University of Michigan Chief Urologist charged with Conflict of Interest $100,000 penalty 1 year probation
4 ISSUES & PERSPECTIVES ISSUES GOVERNMENT ENFORCEMENT PERSPECTIVE UNIVERSITY PERSPECTIVE OUTCOMEINSTITUTION MINNESOTA Effort Reporting Irregularities Failure to obtain informed consent in Clinical Trial Scientific Misconduct Direct Costs- supplies not related to Grant were charged to Grant Violations of: Civil False Claims Act Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act Anti- Kickback Act Scientific Misconduct Public Health Service Act Title XVII Social Security Act Asserts that the United States was specifically aware of wrongful conduct for nearly two decades, which it failed to communicate to the University, and concerning which it deliberately chose not to take action, thereby itself causing the results which it pleaded in the Complaint. Answer to amended complaint 2/23/98 attorneys from regents of U of Minn. 32 Million Dollar Fine Loss of Expanded Authority
5 ISSUES & PERSPECTIVES GOVERNMENT ENFORCEMENT PERSPECTIVE UNIVERSITY PERSPECTIVE OUTCOMEINSTITUTION Wisconsin Madison ISSUES Overstating # of Sponsors on Grant Application FraudMere Puffery - Listed on his grant application in hopes that they actually would become sponsors 10K Fine 3 months imprison- ment for PI
6 Current Internal Investigations Indicate Benign neglect Outdated and/or ineffective standards, policies, procedures Little or no faculty and staff training Little or no assignment of roles and responsibilities Resulting in….
8 One Solution …. CLASP Program Continuous Learning for Administrators of Sponsored Programs
9 What is one solution? CLASP Trained and educated staff work more efficiently and with fewer mistakes Interface with central A&F offices creates a working partnership The minimal costs of initiating an educational program for administrators far outweighs the fines and penalties arising from the improper administration of federal awards Administrators are the “front line” of defense, expected to know requirements of sponsors and to inform the faculty
10 CLASP What is the goal? A mandatory, classroom-based educational program for all administrators having functional responsibility on grants Initial and continuing certification as a requirement of retaining job position In time, change Proposal Sign-Off Form to require a CLASP-certified individual to be identified as administrative oversight before submitting proposals to sponsors
11 CLASP What is the curriculum? Initial Certification Overview Session (all-encompassing) Proposal preparation, review and approval Effort reporting and cost sharing Post-award administration/accounting for sponsored programs Project closeout Utilization of MI$ER software or other expenditure tracking software
12 CLASP What is the curriculum? Subsequent years Annual Update Monthly administrator meetings Subrecipient administration and monitoring Clinical trials administration Training grants Agency specific sessions Responsible conduct of research
13 CLASP Who will receive the training first? Administrators with functional responsibility in sponsored programs having less than two (2) years experience ORPA, ORACS, OUA request the authority to jointly identify respective personnel whose performance demonstrates a more urgent need for the training. Feedback from the Deans’ Offices will be considered in the process. Objective measures will also be utilized to the greatest extent possible
14 CLASP How will it be administered? Initially through ORPA Database of administrators Listing of training sessions, dates, locations On-line registration Tracking of individual progress
15 CLASP How will it be evaluated? Subjective measures Participant evaluation forms Objective measures Cost transfers Effort reallocations Timeliness of close-out reports Revised financial reports Investigative audits
16 Proactiveness Counts! Certain peer institutions have developed, or are developing, similar educational programs.
17 CLASP Continuous Learning for Administrators of Sponsored Programs
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