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)
E-Gov: Performance Measures for Projects Aimed at Promoting Innovation and Transparency Can Be Improved
GAO-11-775 September 23, 2011
Summary: Congress enacted the Electronic Government (E-Gov) Act in 2002 to promote better use of the Internet and other information technologies (IT), thereby improving government services for citizens, internal government operations, and opportunities for citizen participation in government. Among other things, the act established the E-Gov Fund to support projects that expand the government’s ability to carry out its activities electronically. The act also created the Office of Electronic Government within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Administrator of this office is to assist the OMB Director in approving projects to be supported by the E-Gov Fund. The General Services Administration (GSA) is responsible for administering the fund and notifying Congress of how the funds are to be allocated to projects approved by OMB. GAO was asked to (1) identify and describe the projects supported by the E-Gov Fund, including the distribution of fiscal year 2010 funds among the projects and their expected benefits; and (2) for selected projects, identify their progress against goals. To do this, GAO reviewed project and funding documentation, analyzed project goals, and interviewed agency officials. Read More…
By Alice Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week, Jun 23, 2011
The General Services Administration wants to help federal agencies go mobile with its new Making Mobile Gov project to raise awareness about using mobile devices to reach the public, a senior official announced. …
For full text of the article visit GSA expands outreach on helping federal agencies go mobile — Federal Computer Week.
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:
- “Examining the Spending Priorities and the Missions of the U.S. Geological Survey and the President’s FY 2012 Budget Proposal”
Representative Doug Lamborn
WITNESSES & TESTIMONY:
The Honorable Marcia McNutt
Director, U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Department of Interior
Dr. Richard Aster
President, Seismological Society of America
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
John M. Palatiello
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.
- The National Map. (obxcommonground.org)
- National Geospatial Program and the President’s 2012 USGS Budget Proposal (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
The General Service Administration invites the Federal prize and challenge community to join us for an upcoming free training.
The Apps Challenge Workshop
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
8:45 AM-12:00 PM ET
GSA – One Constitution Square
1275 First St NE, Washington, DC
In his Strategy for American Innovation, President Obama called on agencies to increase the use of tools such as prizes and challenges to solve tough problems. In March 2010, the White House Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum to all agency heads providing a policy and legal framework to guide agencies in using prizes to stimulate innovation to advance their core missions.