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Community - March 20, 2013

USGS cancels lecture due to budget cuts

The U.S. Geological Survey has canceled its March 28 lecture, "Preparing for California Climate Change," because the speaker is unable to travel to Menlo Park due to budget cuts implemented after the federal budget sequestration, according to Justin Pressfield, USGS western states chief of communications.

New travel restrictions at the agency prohibit all but mission-critical travel, he said. Additional budget cuts include a hiring freeze; elimination of most participation in scientific conferences; and non-critical training. The USGS is also reviewing contracts and grants, and may furlough employees for an undetermined amount of time.

The lecture series began in 1990 and has only been canceled twice before, in September 2001, immediately after the terrorist attacks, and in November 1995 when the federal government shut down and employees were furloughed, Mr. Pressfield said.

The future of the lecture series is not clear.

Visit usgs.gov/calendar for updates that will be posted once more is known, he saidl.

Barbara Wood

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