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What It Means for Agencies to Be Under the Sequester

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Science  01 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6123, pp. 1020-1021
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6123.1020

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U.S. science agencies have been warning for months about the dire consequences of looming mandatory spending cuts. But if the cuts, known as sequestration, go into effect as expected on 1 March, there are likely to be few immediate signs that the world has changed dramatically. This week's cuts are only the first installment of a $1.2 trillion spending reduction to be spread over 10 years. The nightmare for federal science officials is that Congress will apply the lower spending ceilings stipulated by the 2011 law to future annual budgets and that those repeated cuts would hollow out federal support for science.

  • * With reporting by Adrian Cho, Jocelyn Kaiser, Richard Kerr, and David Malakoff.