FGDC Briefing on Geospatial Platform and OMB Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance

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This is to let you know that we will be holding a public briefing and discussion on Friday, December 3 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm ESTabout two current FGDC activities:  1) the status of the Administration’s Geospatial Platform initiative, and 2) the new OMB Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance that was issued by OMB on November 10.  The briefing be held via web conference (WebEx and conference line information is included below).

Geospatial Platform

The President’s FY 2011 Budget included guidance to develop a Geospatial Platform that will include common geospatial data, services, and applications; shared infrastructure; portfolio management; and a governance framework to address the requirements of State, local and tribal agencies.  Over the past several months, the FGDC partner agencies have developed a draft Modernization Roadmap document that provides a high-level implementation plan for the Platform. The Roadmap is available for review and posted at
http://www.geoplatform.gov.  There are two ways to provide feedback and comment on the Platform Roadmap:

The IdeaScale website,
http://geoplatform.ideascale.com, provides an on-line venue where stakeholders can submit ideas and comments related to the Roadmap and the Platform.  The  IdeaScale site is a simple, easy-to-use tool which allows users to provide feedback and enter into dialogues on conceptual and specific elements of the Roadmap and the Platform.  

Via e-mail: You, or your organization, can submit written comments directly to the FGDC at geoplatformcomments@fgdc.gov through December 2010.

Comments and suggestions received through these processes will be used to improve the Roadmap and refine the Geospatial Platform.  The briefing on December 3 will provide a status report on the Platform, review opportunities for input and involvement in the development of the Platform, and describe next steps.

A-16 Supplemental Guidance

The issuance of the new Supplemental Guidance to OMB Circular A-16 is a  significant milestone in the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra issued the Guidance in a memorandum to agency heads on November 10.  The memorandum is posted at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2011/m11-03.pdf The Supplemental Guidance defines and clarifies selected elements of Circular A-16 to facilitate a coordinated Federal geospatial asset management capability that will improve support of mission-critical business requirements of the Federal Government and its stakeholders. The Guidance has a primary focus on geospatial data as a capital asset and outlines a portfolio management process to manage geospatial data assets.  The portfolio management approaches laid out in the document will help provide a foundation to support multiple objectives, including the Geospatial Platform initiative. The briefing on December 3 will summarize the contents of the guidance and provide an overview of the next steps in implementation.

WebEx/Telecon Information

1. Go to the following URL:
2. Enter the required fields, but leave the Conference/ Meeting passcode field blank.
3. Indicate that you have read the privacy policy.
4. Click on “Proceed.”

While the primary audience for this briefing is the non-Federal FGDC partner community, members of the FGDC Coordination Group and Executive Committee are welcome to participate in the call.  Please let us know if you have any questions about this meeting.


Ivan B. DeLoatch, Executive Director
Federal Geographic Data Committee
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S.Department of the Interior


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