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NASA chief shows solidarity over travel cuts by cutting some of his own (Updated)

14 Mar 2013, 10:05 UTC
NASA chief shows solidarity over travel cuts by cutting some of his own (Updated)
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The recent “sequestration” of US government funding has led to some emergency travel funding cuts at NASA. For while the US Congress is intent on continuing the funding of key programmes such as the Space Launch System (SLS) or that developing a commercial crew launch capability, and passing emergency legislation to that effect, the same cannot be said for other funding at NASA. As a result, NASA Administrator, Major-General Charles Bolden has sent out an edict noting that only very necessary travel would be allowed for NASA’s managers, scientists and engineers and those of their contractors.
For some this is a popular move. There has long been antipathy amongst US taxpayers (and similarly in those of other nations) to funding government employees’ travel for what looked very much like “jollies” i.e.business trips to conferences which includes a large element of fun at some rather nice venues and cities. Nevertheless, critics of the travel ban note that in not attending conferences, NASA and the United States of America itself, misses out on the benefits of new technological advances, sales opportunities and diplomatic advantages that such human interactions and exchanges bring.
Travel bans are not new at NASA. At the ...

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