National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences--American Chemistry Council Donation
B-303689, Sep 30, 2005
The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and his delegates have authority to accept gifts, including conditional gifts, so long as they do not offend existing statutory or regulatory provisions. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) may not delegate its grants award authority to nongovernmental entities. While a memorandum of understanding provides the American Chemistry Council (ACC), a nonprofit organization that represents the United States chemical industry, the opportunity to advise and provide input, it does not delegate to ACC any decision authority. To avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, we suggest that NIEHS develop grants policies and procedures regarding the level of participation a donor may have in the grants process and work with donors to ensure that they consider all of the restrictions and other conditions they might wish to place on their donation before providing the donation to NIEHS.