Beacon Journal staff report
KENT: The Ohio Inspector General has found fault with the way one federal grant was handled at Kent State University.
The state office said KSU did not follow procedures when it bought $124,810 in research equipment to study biomolecular interactions through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009.
This was one of four random grants that the state office reviewed at Kent State in February 2012. The review found no problems with the three other projects.
According to the state report, two KSU professors purchased two pieces of equipment with funds from the National Science Foundation. However the researchers did not attach a fixed asset tag for inventory control to one piece of equipment, did not establish that one piece of equipment was purchased through a sole-source provider and did not competitively bid the second item..