After the Shutdown, Academics Have a Lot of Catching Up to Do

After the Shutdown, Academics Have a Lot of Catching Up to Do 1

Joshua Roberts, Reuters, Newscom

An employee passes posters at the U.S. Department of Education building on his way back to work on Thursday. Federal offices reopened across Washington after a 16-day shutdown.

The federal government is back in business, and researchers are returning to government buildings and labs shuttered during the 16-day federal shutdown that ended late Wednesday.

But the standoff, which cost the economy billions and disrupted research projects and education plans nationwide, is likely to have lingering effects on academe. It could be weeks before government workers get through the backlog of civil-rights complaints and tuition-assistance claims, and grant making could