As far as the budget and economy is concerned, Congress continues to kick the can down the road.
In the past week, the House of Representatives and Senate approved a new stop-gap measure to continue funding the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year. President Barack Obama made it official Tuesday afternoon, signing the bill.
So how will the continuing resolution affect the Los Alamos National Laboratory?
Lab Director Charlie McMillan shed some light on the subject at a community leader’s breakfast meeting at Ohkay Owingeh Casino Tuesday.
But there still was quite a bit of uncertainty on how the numbers will play out.
McMillan said he expects that sequestration will result in reduction to lab funding, ranging between $100 million and $120 million.
“Having said that,” McMillan said, “this is not a surprise because we did not expect 2013 to be a big budget year for the lab. We have managed our budgets in the past year to minimize the cuts this year.”
He expects to see challenges in the cybersecurity front as well as in plutonium conversion. McMillan also foresees some possible cuts in the environmental program.
But he also said it could be worse.