Need To Improve Administrative Management at the National Center for Toxicology Research

HRD-78-63: Published: Mar 9, 1978. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1978.

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A review of certain administrative practices at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) revealed deficiencies relating to travel, personnel and payroll, inventory control over Government property, and long distance telephone calls.

Improper employee reimbursements for travel included: improper per diem payments to the NCTR Director, unauthorized reimbursement claimed for fixed per diem, an employee claim for lodging cost that should have been disallowed, unauthorized foreign travel, and questionable travel payments for pre-employment interviews. Personnel and payroll deficiencies involved questionable procedures used to hire a new employee, payment of employee training costs, and payroll computation of summer employees. Generally, the deficiencies found were the result of management's inattention to or failure to follow prescribed regulations and procedures.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare should direct the Inspector General to conduct a comprehensive audit of the Center's administrative practices. This audit should be directed to identifying: the extent to which additional administrative problems may exist at NCTR and the changes needed to strengthen administrative controls; and the amounts owed to the Government as a result of improper payments so that appropriate collection action can be taken.

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