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Congress Shrinks Lab Chiefs' Flexible Funds

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Science  05 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5442, pp. 1064
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5442.1064a

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Congress has voted to cut the budget of a special fund controlled by the directors of the Department of Energy's national laboratories, slashing the amount available for hiring young scientists and funding high-risk research. Four national labs, including the three nuclear weapons centers, have been hit especially hard by the reductions, which lab officials hope to reverse next year. Lawmakers say that some of the money has been mismanaged in the past and that the cuts are needed to keep the labs focused on priorities determined by Congress.