Volume 89 Issue 25 | p. 31 | Insights
Issue Date: June 20, 2011

NSF Takes A Hit

Report on alleged waste and abuse at NSF only politicizes the agency
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Economy, Stimulus Funding
Keywords: National Science Foundation, budget

Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) recent attack on the National Science Foundation is classic political fodder (C&EN, June 6, page 8). The 73-page hatchet job accuses the agency of extensive fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. Coburn claims that he identified more than $3 billion that the agency has wasted through bad management and duplication over the past few years. Yet none of the material he presents is new, and some of it is probably wrong.

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