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Federal Research: Peer Review Practices at Federal Science Agencies Vary

RCED-99-99 Published: Mar 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1999.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the peer review and other quality assurance processes that federal agencies use in conducting scientific research and development, focusing on: (1) defining what is meant by peer review; (2) describing the federal government's peer review policy; (3) describing the peer review practices of 12 federal agencies that conduct scientific research; (4) describing other agencies' quality assurance reviews; and (5) identifying which research is not subject to review.

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