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NSF Says No to Legislator Seeking Reviewer Comments

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Science  24 May 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6135, pp. 911
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6135.911

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The National Science Foundation last week rebuffed a request from the chairman of the House of Representatives science committee for reviewer comments that helped the agency decide to fund five projects in the social sciences. The agency's staunch defense of confidentiality as an essential part of its vaunted peer-review system constitutes round two in what is becoming a protracted battle with Republicans in Congress over the agency's grants-making process. Each side says it's waiting for the other to take the next step.