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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 5, 1996
NASA DIRECTS JPL TO REDUCE EXPENDITURES
NASA today formally instructed Caltech's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory to take immediate action to reduce expenditures in
response to the current federal budget impasse.
A letter from the NASA Management Office stipulates that
Caltech implement a two-phase process for control and/or
elimination of costs.
The first phase, to be planned and in operation by January
10, will eliminate all discretionary costs in areas such as
travel, hiring of new personnel, some purchases, and overtime.
Exempted are expenditures that are critical to missions now in
flight, or those missions under development that must meet
deadlines such as planetary launch windows. Other exempted
expenditures include those necessary for Laboratory safety and
security and any time-critical activities that can be
individually justified, according to the NASA letter.
The second phase, if required in the event of a continued
funding crisis, is to be presented to NASA for consideration by
January 17. It will include further cutback measures including a
partial shutdown of JPL operations. The specifics for any such
partial shutdown remain to be worked out, said Laboratory
officials. These measures would be taken only at NASA's