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National Science Foundation
Budget and Performance
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Budget and Performance
NSF Strategic Plan
FY 2011-2016
Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA)
Directorate and Office Advisory Committees
Committees of Visitors
Annual Performance Reports
Merit Review
Workshop on Science of Science Policy, November 2008
Office of Inspector General (OIG)

Budget and Performance
Committees of Visitors

Committees of Visitors (COVs) meet once every three years to review the program portfolios of NSF divisions, but COVs may also be constituted to review groups of programs that stretch across divisions, or Foundation-wide crosscutting programs such as CAREER and ADVANCE. COV reviews provide NSF with external expert judgments in two areas: (1) assessments of the quality and integrity of program operations and program-level technical and managerial matters pertaining to proposal decisions; and (2) comments on how the results generated by awardees have contributed to the attainment of NSF's mission and strategic outcome goals. COV reports and the NSF responses to those reports may be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/od/iia/activities/cov/covs.jsp.

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