The Partnership is well aware that more funding would increase the likelihood of achieving our goals. It is incontrovertible that we are having difficulties arranging additional government funding, even in high priority areas. However, several options being pursued may satisfy program needs within the level funding environment we are constrained to operate in. We strongly feel that the Peer Review expertise should be focused on the technical issues in the future rather than the funding issues.

Once again, we appreciate the hard work and technical insights, recommendations, and assessments the Peer Review team has given us. We look forward to your continued involvement with the Partnership.

Sincerily,



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