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Task Force Tinkers With Research Council

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Science  28 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5466, pp. 587-589
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5466.587b

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The chiefs of the National Academy of Sciences and its sister groups, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, have set their sights on restructuring the National Research Council (NRC), the huge think-tank-like operation responsible for most of the reports, meetings, and workshops carried out each year by the academies. On the agenda are proposals that would streamline the Byzantine NRC structure, raise additional revenue from state governments and other nonfederal sources, and extend its influence beyond its bread-and-butter reports on topics ranging from defending the country against nuclear attacks to improving minority health care.

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