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Science  18 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5593, pp. 511
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5593.511a

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Last week a U.S. House spending panel approved a 13% increase for the National Science Foundation (NSF), putting it on course to double its budget in 5 years. But the committee, concerned that the agency might not be ready to handle such an infusion, asked an outside group of management experts to delve into how NSF does its business. The review is expected to question some well-worn practices at the 52-year-old agency, including borrowing many of its managers from academia.