It could be worse

“It could be worse”


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Fermilab Pier Oddone
Director Pier Oddone

“An FY13 budget
Fermilab Director
Pier Oddone

Last Thursday Congress passed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, which funds the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year. For the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which funds Fermilab, the act essentially allocates the same budget as the 2012 fiscal year. Once sequestration is applied, the Office of Science will receive approximately 5 percent less than it did last year.

What does that mean for Fermilab? The Office of High Energy Physics has given us an estimate of our final budget for this fiscal year—approximately $368 million, 9 percent lower than last year. The reason we get a larger-than-average cut relative to the continuing resolution is that, under the President’s budget request…

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