The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday lifted a hold on new hires and employee training that the agency implemented last year as a result of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.

Kathryn Sullivan. (Courtesy of NOAA). Kathryn Sullivan. (Courtesy of NOAA).

In a memo to employees, Commerce Department Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere Kathryn Sullivan said the appropriations bill restores some of the funds reduced under the government-wide austerity plan.

NOAA’s hiring and training freeze has been in place since March 27.

Sullivan said to employees that she is working with top NOAA officials and senior leaders “to make sure you have the support you need to be successful throughout your tenure at NOAA.” She added that “we all know that efficient hiring and regular professional development are critically important.”

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