Barinaga, Marcia. "Was Paul Biddle Too Tough on Stanford?" Science 251 (11 January 1991),
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is represented at Stanford University by Paul Biddle who,
since the summer of 1990, has been making things tough for the university. He has refused to
sign vouchers authorizing payments to Stanford which he finds objectionable. He is a tough
accountant and he does not want to see funds wasted. He thought an indirect funds cost of 74
percent was too high. He believed that relationship between Stanford and the Navy has been too
"cozy" and so he sought to change things. Now, the Navy has replaced him with a team of
auditors who are there to "assist" him with his work.
Dingell was alerted to Stanford by Biddle's work. It is doubtful that, with the Congress watching,
Navy is going to do anything. But there are facts emerging that indicate Biddle's claims are
"cozy" arrangements did exist.
There are going to be arguments about rates, about percentages of payments, about what should
and should not be reimbursed by government. While none of the scandalous payments are
described in this article, other citations on this list suggest that indeed there were "errors."