Growth In Federal Scientific Work Force In 1989-93 May Be Offset By Recent Cuts

A National Science Foundation report, scheduled for release this summer, on the demographics of scientists and engineers (S&E) in the federal work force shows a rise in employment of about 6 percent_13 percent among scientists_from 1989 to 1993. But according to various federal officials, these figures may already be outdated, in light of employment cuts that have occurred since the report period or are being proposed by Congress and the Clinton administration. PARING DOWN: H. Ronald Pulli

Neeraja Sankaran
May 1, 1995

A National Science Foundation report, scheduled for release this summer, on the demographics of scientists and engineers (S&E) in the federal work force shows a rise in employment of about 6 percent_13 percent among scientists_from 1989 to 1993. But according to various federal officials, these figures may already be outdated, in light of employment cuts that have occurred since the report period or are being proposed by Congress and the Clinton administration.


PARING DOWN: H. Ronald Pulliam notes that various Interior agencies are downsizing in response to budget cuts.
"This is a period of government downsizing," observes H. Ronald Pulliam, director of the National Biological Service (NBS), a fledgling agency of the Department of the Interior that has already experienced cuts and has been targeted for more. "The Interior will be further decreasing their work force and at the same time increasing efforts in integrating approaches for large-scale studies...

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