Closed Ethics Case Sparks Dueling Bills

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Science  02 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5471, pp. 1564
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5471.1564b

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A 2-year-old case of financial impropriety by a former National Science Foundation senior staffer has turned the reauthorization of NSF's programs, a process normally carried out with little fanfare, into a battleground. The dispute pits the chair of the House Science Committee, James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), against Nick Smith (R-MI), chair of the panel's basic research subcommittee. Caught in the crossfire is NSF Director Rita Colwell, who needs both men as allies in the annual fight for federal dollars.