WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- According to the United States Attorney's Office of the District of Columbia, the University of the District of Columbia agreed to pay $530,000 "resolve allegations that UDC submitted false claims for payment on a National Science Foundation grant."
The grant was given to the university's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Research and Training Center in 2004. The gran was supposed to "establish the STEM program, increase enrollment and graduation rates in STEM disciplines, incorporate research in certain STEM courses, and provide undergraduate students with research experiences at STEM Center laboratories" according to the states attorney's office.
The U.S. government claimed, however, that UDC failed to keep "adequate documentation" of expenditures of funds. UDC also allegedly "re-programmed certain funds" without getting approval from the National Science Foundation First.
With the settlement, UDC has agreed to begin a four-year-compliance program.