As the nation’s scrutiny of his role in managing the novel coronavirus pandemic grows, damning new reports of misdeeds by his National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases cast a pall on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s reputation.
According to recent reports from Just The News, internal government audits reveal that Fauci’s NIAID has been cited several times over the years for failing to comply with federal contract and expenditure laws.
Fauci’s record, which he frequently cites whenever his authority on infectious disease is questioned, also includes several ethics and patient safety fiascos that happened on his watch, to say nothing of several citations for violating contract “time” and “amount” rules and the federal Anti-Deficiency Act.
Just The News reports:
A 2011 report by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general is emblematic of the repeated problems. Investigators examined a $54.8 million, multi-year federal contract to help Fauci’s agency build and manage a statistical and data coordinating center for medical research project and found NIAID spent tax dollars before they were appropriated by Congress and didn’t account for monies as required by federal regulations.
“NIAID did not comply with the time and the amount requirements specified in the statutes. NIAID violated both the bona fide needs rule and the Anti-Deficiency Act by obligating funds in advance of an appropriation,” the IG concluded, ordering Fauci’s agency to report to Congress it had violated the law. NIH admitted the failures.
The Anti-Deficiency Act prohibits federal agencies “from obligating or expending any amount in advance of or in excess of an appropriation unless specifically authorized by law,” and each violation must be reported to Congress and the president.
While these audits span incidents from 2005 to 2012, Just the News reported that multiple congressional, government ethics, and internal watchdogs found safety or ethical lapses on NIAID research projects going as far back as 1992, including:
A 2005 finding that AIDS drug research projects on foster children in New York, Illinois and elsewhere failed to provide promised patient protections, sometimes in violation of legal requirements.
A 2004 internal NIH review that concluded Fauci’s AIDS research division was a “troubled organization” where managers were creating a hostile atmosphere with “sexually explicit and colorful language” and “seemingly being unaware of the need for appropriate behavior, decorum and enforcement of good management practices and rules of supervision.”
A pregnant Tennessee woman who died in 2003 after she enrolled in NIH-funded research in hopes of saving her soon-to-be-born son from getting AIDS. A review found that doctors continued to administer an experimental drug regimen despite signs of liver failure.
At least 10 children in a pediatric AIDS drug study died in what an investigation concluded was a death toll “significantly higher” than expected and unexplained.
An Office of Government Ethics investigation that cited NIAID for failing to review and clear two-thirds of its workers who were moonlighting in private industry for possible ethical conflicts.
A 1992 Department of Health and Human Services inspector general investigation that concluded NIAID failed to police two conflicts of interest in a vaccine experiment.
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