Linda Slakey forwarded your message to me. We became aware of this yesterday through an article in the Beeville, TX newspaper, and have referred this matter to our Office of Inspector General.
The letter is not authentic, Linda had no knowledge of it, and it amounts to fraudulent use of our name and logo.
We appreciate your concern about it.
Maria Zacharias Acting Head of Media and Public Information Office of Legislative and Public Affairs National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22230 703-292-8454 Fax: 703-292-9087 http://www.nsf.gov