NSF Candidate Study Irks Congress

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Science  04 Jul 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5322, pp. 26
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5322.26a

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A $175,000 study to learn why many well-qualified people don't run for Congress has upset many current members of Congress, who see it as a waste of federal funds and, possibly, an attempt to drum up competition for their seats. The National Science Foundation, which is funding the study, is defending its scientific validity, rationale, and—by extension—the peer-review process that approved it.