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March 14, 2013
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  • Senate bill would soften sequestration blow for science agencies
    Senate Democrats are working on a bill that could help the National Science Foundation and other science agencies manage budget cuts resulting from sequestration. Although the agencies' 5% budget cuts would remain in place, the bill would allow more flexibility and avoid furloughs, among other plans. Last week, the House passed a bill that would fund agencies throughout the 2013 fiscal year and include $85 billion in spending cuts. ScienceMag.org/Science Insider blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NSF investigates grant proposals for plagiarism
    Nearly 100 cases of possible plagiarism have been discovered in National Science Foundation grants that have been funded in the last year, according to the agency's inspector general. The number of "substantive allegations of misconduct associated with NSF proposals and awards ... has more than tripled in the past 10 years, as has the number of findings of research misconduct," Inspector General Allison Lerner said at a congressional hearing. ScienceMag.org/ScienceInsider blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Push for research on spectrum sharing gets White House support
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking research proposals for major advances in spectrum sharing. The effort has drawn support from White House officials, including Tom Power, the deputy chief technical officer for telecommunications, and Lawrence Strickling, an assistant secretary of commerce. InformationWeek (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career & Workforce Development 
  • Why the IT skills shortage may really be about compensation
    Some IT industry watchers claim there is a critical talent shortage, while others feel it's more of a pay/wage issue and that companies advocating for more immigrant visas and green cards to acquire needed skills just want to pay less compensation. Peter Cappelli, professor of management and director of the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School, said the talent crunch is more an affordability issue than an actual shortage of skilled IT workers. InformationWeek (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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