NSF AUTHORIZING LEGISLATION & RULES
The National Science Foundation is governed by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1861-75, our "Organic Act" or the "NSF Act") and other statutes, such as the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act and various permanent ("codified") sections of legislation authorizing and making appropriations to the Foundation. At any time, several bills affecting the Foundation may be pending in Congress that would, if enacted, change or add to our statutory authority. Information on pending legislation can be obtained from the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. Under the authority of section 11(a) of the NSF Act [42 U.S.C. 1870(a)], the Foundation has prescribed rules deemed necessary governing the manner of its operations and its organization and personnel. Legal interpretation of the Foundation's statutes and rules and any pending legislation is the responsibility of the Office of the General Counsel.
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