The National Science Foundation (NSF) has escaped the worst ravages of the mandatory spending cuts, known as sequestration, that went into effect on 1 March across the federal government. And based on preliminary action in Congress, NSF's hot streak could continue into 2014.
According to a final spending plan recently posted by the agency, NSF's budget for the current fiscal year ending on 30 September is $149 million lower than in 2012. But that drop of 2.1%, to $6.884 billion, is less than half the 5% decline for the entire civilian government triggered by the sequestration mandated in the 2011 Budget Control Act. That 5% cut is a fact of life for most other research agencies, including the $30 billion National Institutes of Health. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jeffrey Mervis on 9 July 2013