As discussed here previously, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, requested “access to the scientific/technical reviews and the Program Officers Review Analysis” for five specific social science awards from the National Science Foundation. According to an article ScienceInsider, in a letter to Rep. Smith, Dr. Cora Marrett, NSF Acting Director, refused to provide the reviewer comments. Her letter is said to have emphasized the need to preserve confidentiality in the peer review process. Dr. Marrett offered to provide information for the committee on the NSF selection process broadly, as well as “general information on how the five grants satisfy NSF’s mission to expand the frontiers of science.” Rep. Smith told ScienceInsider, “I am disappointed the NSF declined to provide Congress with additional information that would show why they are spending taxpayer dollars on specific research grants.” However, aides for Rep. Smith suggested that communication was ongoing.
Roger has worked in research administration including pre-award, compliance, conflicts of interest, animal facility and recharge center management, and information systems for more than 25 years. His focus in recent years has been on electronic research information systems, working since 2006 with InfoEd Global and its client institutions in his role as Associate Vice President for Product Management. Roger is an expert in the area of electronic proposal submission and works closely with colleagues through the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), SRA and NCURA sharing information and participating in working groups.