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University of North Texas Health Science Center will pay $13 million over failed certification of grant reports

The research center will pay the hefty sum after admitting they failed to meet reporting requirements for federal-funded grants, DOJ says.

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

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The University of North Texas Health Science Center will pay a little more than $13 million to resolve claims that it inaccurately measured, tracked and paid researchers for their work on NIH-sponsored research grants, the Department of Justice announced.

The Health Science Center is a related institution of the University of North Texas and has received federal research grant money from the National Institutes of Health Federal. As a recipient of this funding, the Center is required to accurately report and certify the time and effort spent on these grants, as well as demonstrate the accuracy of their reporting through records and "an appropriate system of internal controls."

The Center failed to ensure that its time and effort reports, as related to certain federally-funded grants, were accurate and certified on time and subsequently received inaccurate payments for incorrect and untimely certifications. They also received salary payments that did not match the accompanying time and effort reports, the DOJ said.

UNTHSC self-disclosed the missteps, which spanned January 2011 through February 2016, and fully cooperated in the investigative and settlement process. 

The investigation was conducted by Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas.

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