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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 Invited Presenters: Ms. Karen Evans Mr. Pat Corrigan Ms. Rachel Cohen Mr. Brian Siems Center for Technology in Government, SUNY, Albany Office of Management and Budget Booz Allen Hamilton Booz Allen Hamilton Booz Allen Hamilton Dr. Craig Robinson Mr. Jeffery Rich Ms. Donna Fortunat Ms. Andrea Norris Dr. Mark Coles Mr. Paul Barsnica Ms. Marty Rubenstein Ms. Mary Santonastasso Mr. John Lynskey Ms. Diane Weisz Other IRM, BFA, and NSF staff members

NSF staff members attending included: Dr. Arden Bement Dr. Joseph Bordogna Mr. Thomas Cooley Mr. Anthony Arnolie Dr. George Strawn Mr. Michael Sieverts Ms. Kim Silverman Ms. Joanna Rom Mr. Gary Scavongelli Mr. Joseph Burt Ms. Mary Lou Higgs Ms. Pat Bryant

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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 EGovernment 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, halfday 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.

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