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Our Mission, Vision, and Values


We conduct independent and objective audits, investigations, and other reviews to support NSF in its mission by promoting the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness and safeguarding the integrity of NSF programs and operations.


We will use our diverse and talented staff and cutting-edge technology to have a beneficial effect on NSF and the communities it supports.

We will help prevent problems, address existing issues in a timely and proportionate manner, and keep abreast of emerging challenges and opportunities.

  • Professionalism
    To follow accepted technical and ethical standards of our disciplines; do our work fairly and thoroughly; represent our results accurately, objectively, and with a sense of proportion; and complete our work within a reasonable time so that it is available for relevant decisions.

  • Accountability
    To take responsibility for the quality of the work we do and treat similar matters consistently.

  • Flexibility
    To think creatively, adopt new ways of addressing issues tailored to unique circumstances, and build on successful processes to make them better.

  • Teamwork
    To be respectful of others, seek common ground with them as we do our work, and be honest, trustworthy, and straightforward. To be cooperative without compromising our independence.
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