The budget deal that Congress approved earlier this month to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling kept in place automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.
But those across-the-board cuts are causing concern in the scientific community, including at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
In August, ORNL Director Thom Mason said the lab had been, up to that point, mostly immune from the cuts because of steps that UT-Battelle, the managing and operating contractor, had already taken to cut costs, including through workforce restructuring, reduced staff and overhead budgets, and benefit changes.
“We’ve just been doing everything we can to prepare for lean budgets,” Mason said. [Read more…]