Accession Number:

ADA465448

Title:

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA): Budget, Programs, and Issues

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-04-11

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration NTIA, a part of the Department of Commerce, is the executive branchs principal advisory office on domestic and international telecommunications and information issues and policies. Congressional policymakers generally have supported the NTIAs mandate through the appropriations process. Because of its role in setting telecommunications policy for the federal government in the information age, the NTIA has a significant impact on both the public and private sector. Still, this role is changing. In FY2005, Congress agreed with President Bushs request to terminate funding for NTIAs Technology Opportunity Program for FY2006, Congress is considering whether to also agree with the Administration to terminate NTIAs Public Telecommunications Facilities, Planning and Construction Program. In addition, the Administration is seeking to seek a larger role for NTIA NTIAs spectrum management and domain name registration. Some congressional policymakers see this proposed change as streamlining policymaking others are concerned that the important functions and mission of NTIA will be subsumed and lost in the merger. The total funding for NTIA in FY2005 is 38.7 million. For FY2006, the Bush Administration has requested 23.5 million. This report will be updated as events warrant.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE