The Accountability Layer

Rep. Lamar Smith says his proposed changes for NSF would add "a layer of accountability."

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Accountable innovation? I'll

Accountable innovation?

I'll be creative between the hours of 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday?

(except for July 4, my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and two weeks in August)

There's only one response to such an enlightened proposal:

Jumbo Shrimp!

Well it's my tax money. You

Well it's my tax money. You think I don't have the right to require that you account for its use and the right to cut you off if you are unsatisfactory?

I understand the fear of changing the existing peer review system wherein the biggest name gets the biggest bucks regardless of the quality or originality of the proposal; the courtiers and devoted minions come next; and YOU, not I, get to decide whether or not your efforts were successful(and of course they are almost always triumphal).

Biotreker, but most taxpayers

Biotreker, but most taxpayers (and members of congress, etc) are not in a position to judge these things. I remember the old Golden Fleece awards ... They were given to more than a few things of great scientific significance that would contribute to the welfare of the US as well as the rest of the globe. We don't need more things getting caught up in politics and being subject to twists by the media and by misinformed drama mongers.