Indeed, some of the instances chronicled in the report — including the Jell-O wrestling and the case of a senior executive who viewed pornography on his computer for at least 331 days — were caught by the agency's inspector general.
The inspector general also investigated grant recipients and forced some to return federal money.
The National Science Foundation has an annual budget of nearly $7 billion and funds about 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by United States colleges and universities, according to the report.
Coburn, R-Muskogee, identifies $1.2 billion in what he says is waste, fraud, duplication and mismanagement.
Among the examples from the report: