Ross Confirmed as Secretary of Commerce
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | Comments

The Senate Feb. 27 confirmed the nomination of Wilbur Ross as secretary of Commerce by a 72-27 vote. Ross, a businessman and investor, will lead the Department of Commerce, which oversees several public-safety communications initiatives.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a Commerce Department agency. Ross will likely make appointments to FirstNet’s board of directors in coming weeks.

The Commerce Department also houses the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) division. PSCR received $100 million from the legislation that created FirstNet to conduct public-safety communications research and development.

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