WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- Congressional sources say an official with the U.S. National Institutes of Health allegedly violated government spending and ethics rules.
An internal NIH ethics review obtained by The Washington Post said David Schwartz, chief of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, spent modest amounts of institute money for personal purposes but cleared him of conflict-of-interest allegations.
Congressional sources, however, told The Post that the NIH report is incomplete.
The Post said ethics officials in NIH and in the Health and Human Services secretary's office are concerned about Schwartz's repeated insensitivity to conflict-of-interest rules.
Schwartz, a medical doctor and researcher at Duke University, had been reluctant to divest all his biotechnology and drug company stocks and to stop giving expert testimony in asbestos injury cases, the newspaper said Wednesday.
He also was criticized for bringing more than a dozen Duke researchers to his federal lab.