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Accounting rules hobble Spanish institutes

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Science  23 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6382, pp. 1315-1316
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6382.1315

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Stifling government accounting rules are threatening scientific projects and jobs at several Spanish research bodies. Scientists at both the Spanish Oceanography Institute (IEO) and the Solar Platform of Almería, a large solar research center, have raised the alarm about what they see as senseless red tape that holds up spending. Some 340 staff at IEO—60% of the total—sent a manifesto to the press last week to warn that the center is "collapsing." The problems compound the plight of Spanish science, which suffered from budget cuts during the country's recent economic woes and faces a proliferating bureaucracy aimed at controlling spending.