Message from Hugh Montgomery: Update on Lapse of Government Funding

Message from Hugh Montgomery: Update on Lapse of Government Funding

Dear Colleagues,

The lapse in funding of the U.S. government is quite naturally a subject of much discussion and rumor. This note is an update of what we know.

We began the new fiscal year with carryover funds from Fiscal Year 2013, and we have implemented austerity so as to maintain operations for the near future. Over the past two days, there have been discussions with the Department of Energy about the funding available, which now will allow us to extend the period during which we can maintain payroll.

Eventually, if the government shutdown continues, it may be necessary to place most of us on furlough. Those on furlough would go without pay until the furlough ends.

We continue to operate in a mode of severe austerity.  So, please do everything you can to keep all spending at a minimum.

When I have more concrete information, I will share it with you. In the meantime, I am confident that I can count on you to remain fully committed to our mission, and to stay focused on delivering our research safely and efficiently.

Thank you for your hard work and understanding during this difficult period.

Regards,

Hugh Montgomery

Director
Jefferson Lab