Independent Auditors’ Report

The Auditing Committee

National Academy of Sciences:

We have audited the accompanying statements of financial position of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) as of December 31, 2003 and 2002, and the related statements of activities and cash flows for the years then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of NAS’ management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of NAS as of December 31, 2003 and 2002, and its changes in net assets and its cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

April 16, 2004 KPMG, LLP



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Report of the Treasurer to the Council of the National Academy of Sciences Independent Auditors’ Report The Auditing Committee National Academy of Sciences: We have audited the accompanying statements of financial position of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) as of December 31, 2003 and 2002, and the related statements of activities and cash flows for the years then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of NAS’ management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion. In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of NAS as of December 31, 2003 and 2002, and its changes in net assets and its cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. April 16, 2004 KPMG, LLP