As Congress scrambles to reach a budget deal, the federal government is still shut down. That means hundreds of thousands of federal employees will not be returning to work this week — including employees for the national agencies that deal with science, like the National Institutes of Health or the Environmental Protection Agency.

Since we don’t know how long the shutdown will last, it’s impossible to say how far-ranging its effects will be. But we can look to the agencies’ contingency plans and the aftermath of the 2013 federal shutdown, which lasted 16 days, for clues.

Here is what the government shutdown will mean for these science agencies:

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Source:: Theverge – Science

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