FirstNet Moves GM Candidate Along, Adds $1M to Outreach Budget (3/18/13)
Monday, March 18, 2013 | Comments

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board of directors passed three resolutions during a special meeting March 18, including hiring a general manager, although the name of the candidate won’t be released until after a background check and other paperwork is completed. Most of the meeting was conducted in a closed session.

The board also added $1 million to its budget to support outreach efforts to state and local governments. Applications for the state and local implementation grant program (SLIGP) are due March 19. The board discussed in detail its outreach plans at its last meeting in February.

The third resolution approved the submission of FirstNet’s budget to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) so it can be approved and included in the President’s budget to Congress, said Sam Ginn, FirstNet chairman.

The first two resolutions passed unanimously. Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet board member, opposed the third OMB resolution, and Dana Hyde, the OMB representative on the board, recused herself from the vote.

Under the sequestration budget cuts that went into effect this month, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the agency responsible for FirstNet oversight, will face $11 million in cuts, including $5 million cut from the Public Safety Trust Fund (PSTF) budget. The PSTF was established in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to oversee the $7 billion in funding from spectrum auctions to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network.

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