Imagine that you are a government advisor and Congress and the White House hands you a sequestration notice saying that you have to cut around 5 percent or so out of an agency’s science budget next year. Unlike this year, when there was little time to plan and a clean cut was made roughly across the board, you may have a bit of time and leeway to make targeted cuts.

What would you do?

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