By Jennifer HettigerCNNMoney.comIn April, a USC Nursing Department contract for construction work on the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was signed.
The contract required the nursing school to supply construction materials and services, including construction materials, and to be responsible for all work related to the construction, according to the contract.
The school has not yet applied to become a contractor for the facility.
The nursing school was founded in 1866.
In a statement, the school said it has been in constant dialogue with the administration regarding the contract and is awaiting any official notification from the department.
The administration of the University of Southern California said it is aware of the USC contract and has reached out to USC’s leadership team to review the matter.
“The school and its leadership team are actively working with USC’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on this matter,” the statement said.
The university has not received any notification from OMB that USC is seeking to become an official contractor for Memorial Sloan, which opened in 1876.
The OMB office declined to comment.
On Thursday, USC’s Nursing School of Nursing, which has about 3,500 students, received a notification from HHS, according the school’s statement.
The notification said the school is not required to comply with the contract but that it must comply with applicable regulations and the law.
The statement did not explain the reasons for the notification.
The agency is requiring USC to notify HHS of any potential conflicts of interest, the statement added.
In the statement, USC said it “has been fully informed by HHS that USC’s contract with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) to construct the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute is not subject to federal procurement requirements, and that it is subject to the terms of the NHSC contract.”
The statement said USC will comply with federal procurement regulations and law.
In April 2015, USC signed a contract with NHSC to provide services to the NIH, including installation of building systems and equipment.
USC had no contracts for that work.
The NHSC is the nation’s largest federal contracting agency.
The contracting office said in a news release that the contract “is subject to applicable laws and regulations and USC has agreed to waive any conflict of interest issues.”HHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In August, USC launched a $3.8 billion grant program to fund research, development, and education on cancer treatments, according its website.
The grant is designed to fund new treatments, and research on the disease will continue, the website said.