Coburn report documents waste, questionable behavior at National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation funded dubious research and employees held Jell-O wrestling event, Coburn report says
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: