So, got confirmation of initial round of cuts.
NASA HQ is preparing for budget problems by starting to pull back funds already allocated, in anticipation of fiscal year 2010-11 cuts. Between possible government shutdown, and the uncertainty over the Senate response to the House cuts, and a possible veto, it is hard to know what the funding will be in the end, or indeed if there will be any guidance on what to cut.
Major cuts to current ongoing mission operations and data analysis.
Specifcally, Swift and Chandra are cut. I hear three other missions are also cut, but don’t know which. Anyone heard?
That is just in Astrophysics, no word on other Science directorates. Yet.
This will hurt.
Earth Science will undoubtedly also take a hit, and the House will go after them further for 2012.
Also heard that W-FIRST is off the table, not going to happen (unless of course Congress line items it); also no EUCLID participation.
In fact no major new mission pipelined for the foreseeable future.
Next question is what Congress will do with JWST, sitting out there all by itself as a separate line item within Science. It will make a tempting target for budget cutters looking for trophies.
I’ve also heard of some individual PI grants being deobligated for this fiscal year, already – no rescission yet, that I’ve heard of, money disbursed stays, but remaining portion of grant for this year is not being disbursed. Anecdotally, from a science agency not to be specified at this point.