Influence of NIAAA Employees on Award of Selected Grants and Contracts

HRD-77-9: Published: Nov 5, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1976.

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Two employees of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism responsible for approving and monitoring research grants and contracts to Stanford Research Corporation and Rand Corporation were investigated.

John Deering stopped working for Stanford in 1969 and became an employee of the National Institute in 1972 with responsibilities in the research and program evaluation area. He was employed there for more than a year before the grants and contracts in question were awarded. Deering was not involved in reviewing contract proposals submitted by Stanford or Rand, but he was a member of the ad hoc committee reviewing the Rand research proposal. Leland Towle was a Stanford employee from 1957 to August 1974. From January to August 1974, he was project director on the identified Institute contract. In August 1974, Towle took a leave of absence from Stanford, and after serving as a consultant for the National Center for Alcohol Education, was appointed as a visiting scientist with the Institute. As such, Towle participated in reviewing contract proposals. He was not the contract officer for any of the contracts in question. He did, however, participate in reviews of materials called for by the contracts and in significant modifications to these contracts. Towle is now the deputy director of the Institute's Office of Program Development.

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