Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance Endorsed


The Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance [PDF 1.8MB] was endorsed by the FGDC Steering Committee in December, 2008 with 21 agencies voting in favor.

Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance provides the foundation for a portfolio management approach to nationally significant geospatial data themes and associated datasets under the auspices of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-16. It sets the framework for a lifecycle-based portfolio management and reporting process intended to increase the transparency of the development and maintenance of nationally significant datasets. It provides a standard lexicon for use in this process. It offers a decision process for adding, modifying, or deleting specific themes or datasets from Appendix E of OMB Circular A-16 based on alignment with long-term national strategies or goals, specific business requirements, benefits, and costs. The product has been transmitted to OMB for final review.

The portfolio consists of the available geospatial assets that can be brought to bear to address a business need. These assets include data, funding, infrastructure, hardware and software applications, personnel, services, and products. Geospatial portfolio management is the process of tracking, maintaining, expanding, and aligning or realigning these assets to address the business needs of an enterprise.

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