“Anybody who thinks this is no big deal — it’s a big deal,” NASA administrator Charles Bolden reportedly said last Friday. “We’re going to suffer.”
Unlike the Department of Defense, which has said that it will furlough federal contractors in a move that could hit many IT workers, NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver has said that NASA does not currently have plans to furlough civilians in the event of sequestration.
As sequestration has neared over the past several months, NASA and others have sounded the alarm about the possible negative effects of sequestration’s across-the-board cuts on NASA’s budgets. A November report by NASA’s Inspector General, for example, said that sequestration contributed to NASA’s “bleak budgetary backdrop.”
In December, the Aerospace Industries Association released a report calling sequestration “a devastating threat to our space leadership.” The report found that sequestration could result in 20,500 job cuts this year alone, including many cuts in high-tech work.
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