DECEMBER 13, 2010
Just a few months after coming under fire for dropping $700,000 to produce a play about climate change, the federal agency that funds science and research is in hot water for allocating a substantial chunk of stimulus money to study dinosaur eggs in China.
While this may sound like a bad joke, it’s the sad reality of the rampant waste and fraud that prevails in many U.S. government agencies as well as President Obama’s disastrous $787 billion effort to stimulate the economy. In this case, the National Science Foundation (NSF), long plagued by scandal, is on a frivolous spending spree that should outrage all tax-paying Americans.
In October the NSF gave a
The NSF was created by Congress six decades ago to promote the progress of science and advance national health. With an annual budget of about $7 billion it’s the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering. The agency also funds about 20% of all research conducted by U.S. colleges and universities.
Last year the NSF was embroiled in a huge computer porn scandal that jolted all levels of the agency. In a scathing report to Congress last fall, the agency’s inspector general revealed that NSF employees spend significant portions of their workdays watching, downloading and e-mailing pornography without ever being caught or disciplined. The porn surfing has cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, according to investigators.
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