Posted July 12, 1997; Action completed August 1, 1997
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is required under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) to submit a five-year strategic plan to Congress by September 30, 1997. On Wednesday, July 9, NSF held the first of two public meetings to receive comments and suggestions from stakeholders on their draft GPRA Strategic Plan. The second meeting will take place on Thursday, July 24 from 10:00 to 12:00 at the National Science Foundation headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia (Room 1235). Since NSF is a key funding agency for the membership of many AGI member societies, this alert is intended to facilitate feedback from individual societies by providing background information and NSF contact points for comments and suggestions on the strategic plan. If you have any questions, please contact AGI's Government Affairs Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact NSF directly at email@example.com. All comments and suggestions are due to NSF by August 1, 1997. More information on GPRA and the NSF plan is available on the AGI website
The Government Performance and Results Act was enacted in 1993 to "improve efficiency and effectiveness of Federal programs by establishing a system to set goals for program performance and to measure results." Toward that goal, the Act requires that federal entities engage in a 3-step process:
NSF is now undertaking the first step by developing the draft GPRA strategic plan. At this week's public meeting, NSF Deputy Director Joseph Bordogna emphasized the need for NSF to balance its investment portfolio, which consists of research projects, research facilities, and education and training. According to Bordogna, it is important that NSF continue to diversify its investment portfolio while still seeking excellence. Therefore, NSF must achieve a balance between risk and results. The NSF Strategic Plan seeks to accomplish this goal by including these five elements:
Contributed by Stephanie Barrett, AGI Government Affairs Intern
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Last updated July 12, 1997