Government Shutdown

Author : Wenny Lin

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During the last few months, I have heard postdoc fellows at the NIH discuss the financial realities of working in the government. The fiscal year started on October 1, 2010, and here we are, six months into the fiscal year still without a federal budget.

“My project is on hold because we don’t know if we’ll have funding to continue this fiscal year.”

“I’m putting off getting a haircut because I don’t want to spend money in case we don’t get paid next month if the government shuts down.”