By law, the NSB establishes the policies of NSF, within the framework of applicable policies set forth by the Congress and the Administration. Consistent with this charge, the Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB) advises on the strategic direction for NSF. The Committee also regularly reviews NSF’s budget submissions and strategic plans.
Specifically, CSB is responsible for the following areas:
|Dr. Carol Bessel & Ms. Graciela Narcho|
Dr. Jacqueline Meszaros
The National Science Board is charged by the NSF Act to establish the policies of the National Science Foundation, within the framework of applicable policies set forth by the Congress and the Administration. Consistent with this charge, and with other provisions of the NSF Act, the Board provides strategic direction to the Foundation to:
The Board provides direction and oversight through the approval of awards, agreements, and new programs and through delegation of certain classes of these actions to the Director, according to criteria approved by the Board. The Board also provides guidance and advice on a broad array of issues through its standing committees and through special task forces established to examine particular issues.
One of the Board's most important responsibilities is the provision of strategic budget guidance and the approval of the annual NSF budget submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Since the Board sets strategic direction for the Foundation and implementation of that direction requires substantive effort, the Board's budget evaluation should be based on evaluation of the implementation of strategic direction as it is realized in the budget. Strategy implementation and budget are tightly linked and must be developed in concert with one another.
To improve the Board's effectiveness in the NSF strategic budget process, there is established a standing Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB).
This budget process must integrally relate to the actions of the other NSB standing committees: A&O, CEH and CPP. In addition, it should reflect task force reports, including those under development. At least some members of the committee should have expertise in budget and organizational operation. The Committee on Strategy and Budget will have access to budget information and must be supported at an appropriate level by NSF budgetary staff and develop a clear annual operational time table coordinate and consistent with that of NSF.
Eamon M. Kelly