House, Senate Have Differing Amounts For FY 2013 NIST Funding

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The House Appropriations Committee wants to provide the National Institute of Standards and Technology more funds than its Senate counterpart’s proposed budget for NIST, FierceGovernment IT reports.

NIST requested $857 million for fiscal year 2013, which neither the House nor the Senate approved in the full amount.

The House panel voted in favor of providing NIST $830.17 million for fiscal 2013.

On April 19, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $826 million for the agency.

Both amounts are more than the $750.1 million the agency received in fiscal 2012.

NIST’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace received notably different amounts of funding between the House and Senate versions of the 2013 budget.

Under the House version, NSTIC would receive no new funds and NIST would not be able to obligate funding to NSTIC pilots until the end of fiscal 2012.

However, NIST would receive its full $24 million request for NSTIC under the Senate version.

The Senate panel agreed to allocate $143 million for NIST to spend on industrial technology services, $6 million less than the agency’s request

House lawmakers said the agency should receive its full request.

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