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National Science Foundation

Advisory Committee for Business and Operations


Minutes of the Meeting

November 18-19, 2004


Arlington, Virginia

Committee members in attendance:


Dr. Norine Noonan, Co-Convener College of Charleston
Dr. Peter D. Blair, Co-Convener National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Wendy Baldwin University of Kentucky
Ms. June Gibbs Brown Former Inspector General, HHS
Mr. Tom Dausch FPMI Solutions

Dr. J.K. Haynes Morehouse College
Mr. Michael Gooden Integrated Systems Analysts, Inc.
Dr. Philip Joyce George Washington University
Dr. Tom Kirk Brookhaven National Laboratory
Dr. Mark Luker EDUCAUSE
Dr. Mary Ellen Sheridan University of Chicago
Dr. Mort Rahimi Northwestern University
Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto Central State University
Mr. Barry White Council for Excellence in Government

Committee members absent:


Dr. Sharon S. Dawes Center for Technology in Government, SUNY, Albany

Invited Presenters:
Ms. Karen Evans Office of Management and Budget
Mr. Pat Corrigan Booz Allen Hamilton
Ms. Rachel Cohen Booz Allen Hamilton
Mr. Brian Siems Booz Allen Hamilton

NSF staff members attending included:


Dr. Arden Bement Dr. Craig Robinson
Dr. Joseph Bordogna Mr. Jeffery Rich
Mr. Thomas Cooley Ms. Donna Fortunat
Mr. Anthony Arnolie Ms. Andrea Norris
Dr. George Strawn Dr. Mark Coles
Mr. Michael Sieverts Mr. Paul Barsnica
Ms. Kim Silverman Ms. Marty Rubenstein
Ms. Joanna Rom Ms. Mary Santonastasso
Mr. Gary Scavongelli Mr. John Lynskey
Mr. Joseph Burt Ms. Diane Weisz
Ms. Mary Lou Higgs Other IRM, BFA, and NSF staff members
Ms. Pat Bryant


Liaison from the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE).
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Day One, November 18, 2004

Dr. Norine Noonan called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM and welcomed all in attendance. The
committee agreed that following the meeting a formal letter would be sent to NSF with
observations and suggestions. Dr. Noonan extended a warm welcome to two new members of the
committee --- Mr. Michael Gooden, Integrated Systems Analysts, Inc. and Dr. Philip Joyce, George
Washington University. Dr. Noonan also informed the committee that Mr. Edward DeSeve of the
University of Maryland had resigned from the committee, because of increased duties connected
to his new role as Vice Chair of the Board of the National Academy of Public Administration
(NAPA). Dr. Noonan wished Mr. DeSeve well and thanked him for his three years of service on the
committee.

Chief Information Officer Updates

Dr. George Strawn, CIO provided an overview of Information Technology Management at NSF,
addressing issues such as security at Large Facilities, knowledge management, the status of
eGovernment projects at NSF, and the redesign of NSF’s external website.

Office of Information and Resource Management Updates

Mr. Anthony Arnolie provided the committee with a status report of the agency’s key OIRM-wide
initiatives. This included an update on Human Capital Management, which included the NSF
Academy and the recruitment of a Dean, mention of technology updates such as new FastLane
enhancements and the new telework agreement for NSF employees.

Office of Budget Finance and Award Management Updates

Mr. Tom Cooley provided highlights of recent BFA activities and events, including the completion
of the BFA realignment, NSF’s progress on the President’s Management Agenda Scorecard, the
recent release of the FY 2004 Performance and Accountability Report, and an update and
overview on the status of Cost Sharing.

Large Facilities: Forming a Subcommittee

Dr. Mark Coles updated the committee on the Planning and Oversight of NSF’s Large Facility
Projects. Dr. Coles outlined the framework NSF is developing in response to the recent report
from the National Academies, Setting Priorities for Large Research Facility Projects supported
by the National Science Foundation (a.k.a. the Brinkman report). Dr. Coles also presented the
committee with a draft charter and framework for the establishment of a Large Facility
Subcommittee. The committee agreed to establish the subcommittee, with Dr. Tom Kirk of the
committee agreeing to serve as chair.

NSF Business Analysis

The Business Analysis project is now in its third year --- the implementation phase.
Opportunities for improvement have been developed for two of NSF’s core business processes
--- Merit Review and Award Management and Oversight. Mr. Pat Corrigan, Ms. Rachel Cohen,
and Mr. Brian Siems of Booz Allen Hamilton presented recommendations for process
improvements for Merit Review and Award Management and Oversight processes. Overall, the
committee felt that the presentation lacked context and was not something they could respond
to in a meaningful way. The committee suggested that in the future, NSF should provide more

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context and guidance on what type of feedback from the committee would be most valuable to
the Foundation.

Day Two, November 19, 2004

Dr. Peter Blair reconvened the meeting at 8:35 AM on the second and final meeting day.

eGovernment at NSF

Ms. Andrea Norris and Ms. Mary Santonastasso discussed the progress of eGovernment
initiatives at NSF with particular emphasis on the current status of Grants.gov and Grants
Management Line of Business efforts. This discussion effectively set the stage for guest
speaker, Karen Evans of OMB.

Discussion with Ms. Karen Evans

Ms. Karen Evans, Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government in the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) discussed the expansion of E-Government in the federal
government. Specifically, Ms. Evans laid-out a decisive plan to move forward with E-
Government initiatives, representing both the challenges and opportunities. A discussion with
the committee followed on how NSF’s efforts currently dovetail with that process.

Discussion with Dr. Arden Bement and Dr. Joseph Bordogna

NSF Director Dr. Arden Bement and Deputy Director, Dr. Joe Bordogna joined the committee
meeting at 10:15 AM. Dr. Bement and Dr. Bordogna shared thoughts on agenda items
discussed at the meeting, including cost sharing and the NSF Business Analysis. Dr. Bement
also mentioned NSF’s current budget situation and assured the committee that despite
challenges ahead, NSF will be aggressive and will build on its flexibility, build on its
management system, and ensure that resources are well invested at the frontier.

Committee Discussion

In its closing discussion, the committee reviewed the process for drafting its letter to NSF and
discussed possible topics for the spring meeting, which will include the FY 2005 Organizational
Excellence Assessment. The committee expressed that it would like to continue the two, half-
day meeting schedule for future meetings.

The meeting adjourned at 12:20 PM.

Note: These “Minutes of the Meeting” supplement the letter from the committee to Mr. Arnolie
and Mr. Cooley that contains the committee’s general findings and observations.