ABSTRACT

An inevitable concomitant of federal funding is bureaucracy. The taxpayers’ money must be accounted for. Moreover, the agencies that disburse the money are under pressure to verify not only that it was spent for its intended purposes but that the intended purposes were not frivolous. Senator Proxmire’s Golden Fleece Awards, often prompted by a research project with a funny sounding title, illustrate the pressure faced by funding agencies. Therefore the almost inevitable result of federal money is a deluge of paperwork. Smith and Karlesky observe that “to the academic observer, the university has become bureaucratized virtually overnight” (1977:190).