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National Science Board to meet August 9 – 10, 2016, in Arlington, VA

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August 4, 2016


Merit Review, NEON Root Causes reports among topics at August meeting

The National Science Board (NSB) will meet August 9 – 10, 2016, to address science and engineering policy of interest to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Members of the media and the public are invited to open portions of the meeting, which will also be webcast:


Public sessions of the meeting include:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 (Room 1235):

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Plenary Open

Reports from NSB Chair and NSF Director


8:30 - 9:25 a.m. Joint Session of the Committee on Audit and Oversight (A&O) and Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)

NSF FY 2015 Annual Report on Merit Review


9:25 – 10:25 a.m. Committee on Audit and Oversight (A&O)

Inspector General’s Update
Chief Financial Officer’s Update
Update on Intergovernmental Personnel Act Program Review
Update on implementation of steps resulting from National Academy of Public
Administration (NAPA) Report


10:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)

Update on FY 2017 Budget
Discussion – NSF’s Ideas for Future Investment
Review of Planning Process to Develop the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan


1:35 – 3:25 p.m. Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP)

Calendar year 2017 Schedule of Planned Action and Information Items: Update for the August 2016 meeting
NEON Root Causes Report and NSF Response
STEM Education: Perspectives from the Education and Human Resources Directorate


3:40 – 4:15 p.m. CSB Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF)

Report on Facilities-related Roles and Responsibilities Meeting
Discussion of Potential SCF Activities in 2016/2017


4:15 – 4:35 p.m. Joint Session of the SCF and CPP

Discussion of the NEON Performance and Plans (NPP) report recommendations


Wednesday, August 10, 2016 (Room 1235):

8:00 – 9:45 a.m. Committee on Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI)

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Science and Engineering Indicators
Introduction to Indicators 2018 and Discussion of Chapter/Topic Narratives
Update on the Companion Brief on Career Pathways of STEM PhDs
Discussion on Next Companion Brief and Other Indicators Communication Mechanisms


1:15 – 2:20 p.m. Plenary Open

NSB Chair’s opening remarks
NSF Director’s remarks
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) Strategic Communications Plan
Open committee reports
Discussion of Materials for the Presidential Transition


Visit the National Science Board's: public meetings page for the full meeting agenda.



Note: Reporters are invited to attend all open sessions, subject to provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act. All sessions will be held at the NSF headquarters, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va. Journalists interested in attending and covering the meeting should contact: Nadine Lymn, NSB, (703) 292-2490,


About the National Science Board

The NSB is the 25-member policymaking body for NSF and advisory body to the president and Congress on science and engineering issues. Drawn from industry and universities, and representing a variety of science and engineering disciplines and geographic areas, NSB members are selected for their eminence in research, education or public service, and records of distinguished service. NSB members are appointed for six-year terms. The NSF director is an ex officio member of the Board. Learn more about the NSB and its current composition here.


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