NSF Review

Review Process for the National Science Foundation's Science and Engineering Pipeline Study Gao ID: T-RCED-92-24 April 8, 1992

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) 1987 study entitled "The Science and Engineering Pipeline" was approved by several layers of NSF officials, and the internal review the study received appears to have followed NSF procedures. Information reported in a September 1991 NSF letter, however, may have given the impression that the study received more formal external review than was the case. GAO contacted nine individuals mentioned in the letter and discovered that eight of them had not provided formal review in the form of written or oral comments. When GAO brought this matter to the attention of NSF officials, they said that they used the word "review" to mean "professional interaction," which includes discussions within the professional community on concepts and topics related to the study.

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