#MAPPS Testifies on #USGS FY2012 #Budget

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

Oversight Hearing on

“Examining the Spending Priorities and the Missions on the U.S. Geological Survey and the President’s FY 2010 Budget Proposal”

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

OVERSIGHT HEARING ON:

OPENING STATEMENT:

Representative Doug Lamborn
Chairman

WITNESSES & TESTIMONY:

Panel I

The Honorable Marcia McNutt
Director, U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Department of Interior

Panel II

Dr. Richard Aster
President, Seismological Society of America
EES Department
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

John M. Palatiello
Executive Director
MAPPS

Dr. Jonathan G. Price
State Geologist and Director
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
University of Nevada, Reno
Testifying on behalf of the Association of American State Geologists

Dr. Craig M. Schiffries
Director for Geoscience Policy
Geological Society of America

In his testimony, John Palatiello, Executive Director of MAPPS stated, “The USGS operates primarily under authorization provided by the Act of March 3, 1879. It has been decades since Congress last enacted major surveying and mapping legislation for USGS. As a result, surveying and mapping has proliferated among more than 40 federal agencies, resulting in duplication, a lack of coordination, gaps in coverage and the absence of a strategic approach to providing the basic geographic information needed in the 21st century. The need for better coordination of Federal surveying and mapping activities has been well documented. … The National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), established by President Clinton and reaffirmed by President Bush provides a framework for the geographic information America needs today. However, this priority is not reflected in the USGS budget.”

For MAPPS press release, click here.

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