February 9, 1993

Dr. Wilmer R. Bottoms

Senior Vice President

Patricof and Co. One Embarcadero Place 2100 Geng Road, Suite 220 Palo Alto, CA94303

Dear Bill:

Enclosed is a description of some issues I would like the Board on Assessment of NIST Programs to address during their upcoming visits. I think it is important that the Board focus on a few NIST-wide issues in addition to their usual assessments of the Laboratory-based efforts, during each assessment period. The three issues I would like the Panels to focus on are: data programs, research balance, and the effects of the intramural and extramural programs on one another. The enclosed sheets provide some questions on these issues that I hope will assist you in focusing your thinking.

Sincerely,

John W. Lyons

Director



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