In a briefing to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) on January 12, 2012, Dr. Dave Cowen and Dr. Time Nyerges, co-chairs of the Innovative Strategies for Geospatial Programs and Partnerships Subcommittee, reiterated the “need to reconfigure, focus, reposition, empower and authorize the FGDC as the national lead for developing, managing, and assuring Geospatial Information Services for the Nation. These services are critical to support the development of information products required by the public sector, and form the basis for the Geospatial Platform and the implementation of A-16 Supplemental Guidance.”
The overarching recommendation of the subcommittee, Dr. Nyerges stated, was for “the establishment of a “leadership role” in the Executive Office of the President that would coordinate and direct the efforts of the federal geospatial enterprise, including choosing, directing and enabling the Managing Partner of the Geospatial Platform.” The Subcommittee’s DRAFT recommendations also encouraged the FGDC to:
- “develop a comprehensive business plan to manage and operate the Geospatial Platform…”
- “adopt operating formula funding and/or in-kind services strategy for the Geospatial Platform and for the purchase, production and dissemination of critical geospatial data…”
- “[move] the [FGDC's] administrative home to a higher level in the administration with substantial cross-government programmatic, budgetary and procurement authority.”
- “develop [an] application to track common data interests” to “enhance efforts to eliminate redundant data creation and funding across all levels of government…”
- “utilize public-private partnerships and other innovative solutions to develop geospatial data, fill critical data gaps, and leverage scarce resources”; which includes developing “a strategy for ‘procurement’ partnerships and encouraging “OMB to enforce A-16 stewardship.”
From the Meeting Summary: “The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) will defer final action on the Innovative Strategies paper until the April NGAC meeting. The Subcommittee will consider recent developments and feedback from Anne Castle, Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), and other NGAC members in developing the next version of the paper. The Subcommittee will work with FGDC staff to develop an interactive process to refine the recommendations.”
The next NGAC meeting is scheduled for April 17-18 at the American Institute of Architects Building in Washington, DC.
- National Geospatial Advisory Committee Challenges Feds to Restructure, Use GSA Procurement Process (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- GAO to Evaluate Federal Coordinating Investments in Geospatial Data (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Legislation Authorizing the Creation of State Geospatial Coordination Councils (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Geospatial Platform provides shared and trusted geospatial data, services, apps (bespacific.com)
- Feds Offer Data For Do-It-Yourself Maps (informationweek.com)
Draft Recommendations of National Geospatial Advisory Committee Working Group Advises Feds to Restructure
By Joe Francica, Directions Magazine, January 2, 2012Summary: [A working group of t]he National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) is recommending that the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) move the procurement process for geospatial technology under the auspices of the General Services Administration (GSA). Why? [A working group of t]he NGAC has deep concerns about how well the FGDC has performed its statutory duties. This article provides information on the NGAC’s additional warnings and “barriers to success” for the FGDC. For full text of the article, click here.EDITOR’S NOTE – January 16, 2012: The NGAC is still discussing the DRAFT recommendations of a working group that will be included in an “innovative strategies report.” The report was discussed at the public meeting on January 12, and this conversation will be continued at subsequent meetings. For a copy of the agenda, meeting summary, and powerpoint slides, click here.
For PDF copies of CRS Reports on Geospatial Technology for the Nation and the upcoming GAO evaluation of federal investments in geospatial technology, see the links below.
- GAO To Evaluate Federal Investments in Geospatial Technology (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- CRS Reports on Geospatial Technology for the Nation.
- Former FGDC Executive Director on Mapping and the Spatial Data Infrastructure (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- Legislation Authorizing the Creation of State Geospatial Coordination Councils (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
February 15, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed 15 individuals to serve as members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), which provides recommendations on federal geospatial policy and management issues and advice on development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI promotes sharing of geospatial data throughout all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and the academic community. The new and re-appointees for 3-year terms (2011 appointment list) are:
- Mr. Dick Clark, State of Montana
- Mr. Jack Dangermond, ESRI
- Ms. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, University of Mississippi
- Dr. Jerry Johnston, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Ms. Laurie Kurilla, Ventura County, CA
- Dr. E. Donald McKay, State of Illinois
- Ms. Anne Hale Miglarese, Booz Allen Hamilton
- Dr. Timothy Nyerges, University of Washington
- Mr. Matt O’Connell, GeoEye
- Mr. Pat Olson, Aero-Metric, Inc.
- Mr. Mark Reichardt, Open Geospatial Consortium
- Mr. Anthony Spicci, State of Missouri
- Mr. Gary Thompson, State of North Carolina
- Mr. Gene Trobia, State of Arizona
- Mr. David Wyatt, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
In the United States, a lively discussion is emerging on the next generation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, with a focus on its governance and coordination. Below are links to articles, reports and editorials on this topic:
National Geospatial Advisory Council Reports
- NGAC Report: The Changing Geospatial Landscape [PDF 4.38 MB]
- NGAC Transition Recommendations [PDF]
- Recommendations Summary [July 2011, PDF]
- Proposal to Measure Progress Toward Realizing the NSDI Vision [PDF]
Federal Geographic Data Committee Reports and Presentations
- NSDI 2.0: Implementing Change, Challenges and Opportunities [Ivan Deloatch, October 2009]
- A History of Spatial Data Coordination [Milo Robinson, May 2008]
- National Spatial Data Infrastructure Webpage
2009 Proposals for a “National GIS”
- A Proposal for National Economic Recovery: An Investment in Geospatial Information Infrastructure Building a National GIS [Jack Dangermond, ESRI]
- A Concept for American Recovery and Reinvestment - NSDI 2.0: Powering our National Economy, Renewing our Infrastructure, Protecting our Environment [Jeff Harrison, John Moeller, Julia Harvell and others]
- A Proposal for Reinvigorating the American Economy Through Investment in the US National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) [Autodesk, Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Intergraph]
- Stimulus Proposal #4 – Funding the National Map [John Palatiello]
- A Strategic Framework for a National Spatial Data Infrastructure [NSGIC]
- Governance of the NSDI [Will Craig, President of NSGIC]
- Mapping and Spatial Data: Infrastructures and Imagination (John Moeller, Communia Blog, Sept 6, 2011)
- Obama Should Finish What Nixon Failed to Do (Christopher Tucker, Directions Magazine, Oct 2, 2009)
- Is a National GIS on the map? (GCN, July 13, 2009)
- Update 9: ESRI Invites Support for GIS for the Nation as Part of Stimulus Bill
- Three Geospatial Proposals and U.S. Economic Stimulus: Background and Status (Directions Magazine, Feb 5, 2009)
- Landscape of National GIS (David G. Smith, February 1, 2009)
- A Second Proposal Regarding Geo and the Stimulus: NSDI 2.0 (All Points Blog, Directions Magazine, Jan 24, 2009)
- Grassroots Group Releases NSDI 2.0 Concept Paper (GISCafe, January 23, 2009)
- A Rebuttal to “Building a National GIS” (Sean Gorman, January 13, 2009)
NSDI Related Legislation and Hearings
- E-Government Act of 2002 (PL 107-347) See Section 216 – Common Protocols for Geographic Information Systems, as well as Hearing Transcript, House Report No. 107-787 , Part 1 (H.R. 2458), and Senate Reports No. 107-174 (S. 803)
Congressional Oversight Hearings:
House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census (June 23, 2004) See GAO Testimony – “Geospatial Information: Better Coordination and Oversight Could Help Reduce Duplicative Investments“
House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census (June 10, 2003) See GAO Testimony – “Geographic Information Systems: Challenges to Effective Data Sharing“
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports to Congress:
- Geospatial Information and Geographic Information Systems (GIS): An Overview for Congress (CRS, May 18, 2011)
- Issues and Challenges for Federal Geospatial Information” (CRS, May 18, 201)
- Geospatial Information and Geograpahic Information Systems (GIS): Current Issues and Future Challenges (CRS, June 2009)
- Issues Regarding a National Land Parcel Database (CRS, July 2009)
Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports to Congress and Testimony:
- Geographic Information Systems : Challenges to Effective Data Sharing (GAO-03-874T, June 2003) [Testimony]
- Geospatial Information: Better Coordination Needed To Identify and Reduce Duplicative Investments (GAO-04-743, June 2004) [Testimony]
- Geospatial Informaiton: Better Coordination Needed to Identify and Reduce Duplicative Investments (GAO-04-703, June 2004) [Report to Congressional Requesters]
Executive Orders, Regulations and Guidelines
- Executive Order 12906: Coordinating Geographic Data Acquisition and Access: The National Spatial Data Infrastructure
- Executive Order 13286, published in the March 5, 2003, edition of the Federal Register, Volume 68, Number 43, pp. 10619-10633 amended Executive Order 12906
OMB Circulars and Memos:
- OMB Circular A-16 Revised Coordination of Geographic Information and Related Spatial Data Activities
- OMB Circular A-130: Management of Federal Information Resources
- OMB Circular A-119: Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities
- OMB Memo M-09-28: Developing Effective Place-Based Policies for the FY2011 Budget
- OMB Memo M-06-07: Designation of a Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information (President Bush)
NSDI-related Reports and Publications
National Academy of Public Administration Reports:
- Geographic Information for the 21st Century: Building a Strategy for the Nation (NAPA 98-01, January 1998)
- Legal Limits on Access to and Disclosure of Disaster Information (NAPA 99-09S, May 1999)
- Enabling Collaboration: Three Priorities for the New Administration (NAPA Jan 2009)
- Conversations with Leaders: Place-Based Public Management: A National Academy of Public Administration Initiative (NAPA 2011)
- Forum on Place-Based Public Management (May 2011)
National Academy of Sciences Reports (PDFs are now free; for full list of Mapping Science Committee reports click here):
- Land Parcel Data: A Vision for the Future (NAS 2007)
- Weaving a National Map: A Review of the U.S. Geological Survey Concept of the National Map (NAS 2003)
- National Spatial Data Infrastructure Partnership Programs: Rethinking the Focus (NAS 2001)
- A Data Foundation for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NAS 1995)
- Promoting the National Spatial Data Infrastructure Through Partnerships (NAS 1994)
- Toward a Coordinated Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Nation (NAS 1993)
- Spatial Data Needs: The Future of the National Mapping Program (NAS 1990)
- Federal Surveying and Mapping: An Organizational Review (NAS 1981), including a summary of the Federal Mapping Task Force Report (OMB 1973).
A Policy Appraisal of the National Map, A Federal Program to Provide Basic Geospatial Data For the Nation (Maeve A. Boland, PhD Dissertation, 2005)
Earth Observation Governance, Priorities and Benefit to Society:
If you know of additional related documents or commentaries, please email us the links!
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in the links and resources listed above are not necessarily those of this blog site.
The National Geospatial Advisory Committee met on August 26-27, 2009 at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. For Meeting Summary, updates on Imagery for the Nation, Land Parcels, and Recovery.gov visit: http://www.fgdc.gov/ngac/meetings/august-2009/index_html
A Few Hightlights:
From: Ivan B DeLoatch
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 6:07 PM
Subject: Nominations for the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC)
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced a call for nominations for appointment to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). The press release is attached below.
As you know, the NGAC provides advice and recommendations on Federal geospatial policy and management issues and provides a forum to convey views representative of partners in the geospatial community. The NGAC was established by the Department of the Interior on behalf of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The NGAC includes 25-30 members, selected to generally achieve a balanced representation of the viewpoints of the various partners involved in national geospatial activities. NGAC members are appointed for staggered terms, and approximately one-half of the seats on the committee will be appointed during this round of appointments. We will keep you updated on the nomination and appointment process as it progresses.
Nominations for appointment to the NGAC should be submitted electronically to ngacnominations [at] fgdc.gov by August 14, 2009. Nominations may be submitted on behalf of others, or individuals may self-nominate. Nominations should include:
- Contact information for the nominee (name, title, organization, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number).
- A statement summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and interest in NGAC membership and describing the nominee’s ability to represent a stakeholder group.
- A biographical sketch, resume, or vita.
- One letter of reference and a list of two additional references with contact information.
Additional information and instructions about the nomination process are posted on the NGAC web page at http://www.fgdc.gov/ngac/call-for-nominations
We would appreciate it if you could distribute the announcement to appropriate officials within your organizations and to your partners in the geospatial community. Please contact me or contact John Mahoney if you need any additional information.
Ivan B. DeLoatch
Executive Director, Federal Geographic Data Committee
Chief, Office of Geospatial Information Coordination
National Geospatial Program Office
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S.Department of the Interior
If you haven’t already heard:
The Federal Geographic Data Committe’s (FGDC) National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) will meet on May 12-13, 2009 at the George Washington University Cafritz Conference Center, 800 21st Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20052. The meeting will be in Room 405. The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 12 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 13.
The May NGAC agenda focuses on the development of a new national geospatial policy and strategic plan. Is it time for a new governance structure? Do we need a national Geographic Information Officer (GIO) under the National CIO? What is the distinction between a “national GIS” and a “federal GIS”? How can we improve stakeholder engagement in national geospatial priority setting? Stay tuned!
Click here to check out the following NGAC documents:
NGAC Report: The Changing Geospatial Landscape
NGAC Transition Recommendations
Summary of Key Recommendations (Decisions made over last year)