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NSF Shines Brightest in New Good-Government Scorecard

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Science  08 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5557, pp. 953
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5557.953

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) manages its $4.8 billion budget better than any other federal agency, according to the foundation's overseers at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In fact, OMB this week awarded NSF the only "green light" in the executive branch, praising its ability to instantaneously tell scientists the status of their research proposal or how much grant money is left in their account. The exercise is part of a new ratings system tied to the president's 2003 budget request (see main text).