Public Safety Net Trust Fund Taking Sequestration Hit; Rebecca Blank Comments

CommTowerThe National Telecommunications and Information Administration will cut $5 million from the borrowing authority of a trust fund set up to help create a nationwide public safety communications network, Fierce Government reports.

In total, NTIA will have $11 million cut from its fiscal year 2013 budget as sequestration cuts took effect Friday, David Perera writes.

Citing an Office of Management and Budget report, Perera writes the National Institute of Standards and Technology will cut $38 million from its fiscal 2013 budget.

Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank said in a letter to lawmakers NIST’s cuts will mostly impact grants, contracts and equipment procurements.

The agency will have to defer open positions and reduce repair and maintenance of agency facilities, Blank said, according to the report.

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