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NSF dismisses ecology project’s management

The National Science Foundation has fired the company managing its nationwide ecology observatory.

In a letter to interim CEO Eugene Kelly, the NSF said it has lost confidence in the ability of NEON Inc. to finish building and begin operating the National Ecological Observatory Network.

The head of the NSF’s biology directorate, James Olds, wrote in his letter to Kelly that the NSF was worried in particular about the ability of NEON—a private company set up in 2007 to manage the project—to manage risk and maintain schedules.

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