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US Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a report last week that discusses what it calls mismanagement at the National Science Foundation. "This includes tens of millions of dollars spent on questionable studies, excessive amounts of expired funds that have not been returned to the Treasury, inadequate contracting practices that unnecessarily increase costs, and a lack of metrics to demonstrate results," Coburn writes in an introductory letter to the report.

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