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Hearing: Examining the President’s Plan for Eliminating Wasteful Spending In Information Technology


Examining the President’s Plan for Eliminating Wasteful Spending in Information Technology

Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Dirksen Senate Office Building, room SD-342


Panel 1

Panel 2

  • Mr. Stephen O’Keeffe, Founder, Meri Talk Online
  • Rishi Sood, Vice President, Gartner Incorporated
  • Al Grasso, President and Chief Executive Officer, MITRE Corporation

To watch the hearing on video, visit: United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs : Hearings.

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on NASA Budget

Realizing NASA’s Potential: Programmatic Challenges in the 21st Century


Tuesday, Mar 15 2011 2:30 PM, Russell Senate Office Building – Room 253, Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announces the following full committee hearing titled, Realizing NASA’s Potential: Programmatic Challenges in the 21st Century. Witnesses include: Mr. Douglas R. Cooke Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate; Mr. William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate; Mr. Leland D. Melvin, Associate Administrator, Education; Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate; Dr. Edward J. Weiler, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate; Dr. Woodrow Whitlow Jr., Associate Administrator, Mission Support Directorate.


Two High-priority Climate Missions Dropped from NASA’s Budget Plans

By Turner Brinton, Space News, February 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — Even though NASA’s Earth science budget is slated to rise next year, the U.S. space agency has been ordered by the White House to shelve a pair of big-ticket climate change missions that just last year were planned for launch by 2017. With U.S. President Barack Obama under pressure to rein in federal spending, the White House eliminated funding for the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) and Deformation, Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics of Ice (DESDynI) missions, Steve Volz, associate director for flight programs at NASA’s Earth Science Division, said in a Feb. 24 interview. The multiyear budget plan NASA sent Congress a year ago called for spending $1.2 billion between 2012 and 2015 to develop CLARREO and DESDynI, two of the four top-tier missions recommended by the National Research Council’s 2007 Earth Science decadal survey.  …

For full text of the article, visit: Two High priority Climate Missions Dropped from NASAs Budget Plans | SpaceNews.com.

U.S. Congressional Hearing on Location Information

House Committee on Commerce and Energy, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection and the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet held a joint Hearing titled, “The Collection and Use of Location Information for Commercial Purposes” on February 24, 2010.

Direction Magazine editors examine the issues raised in testimony and in comments by interested stakeholders. Among them: Is location privacy akin to medical record privacy? What are the obligations of the software developer in making privacy policies and controls clear and easy to access? What about location privacy and young people? For podcast, visit the following link: http://www.directionsmag.com/images/podcasts/100302_don.mp3

Recent U.S. Congressional Hearings

1. Senate Committe on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Hearing on FY 2011 Deptartment of Interior Budget, held on March 9, 2010

The President’s budget for USGS proposes a $3.5 million cut in the National Geospatial Program. Full details are in the FY2011 USGS Greenbook, p. I-29.

2. House Agriculture Committee, Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry. Hearing Re: To review USDA’s information technology systems, held on March 10, 2010. Professor Will Craig testified on the importance of NAIP. Witnesses Opening Statements and Transcript (when published).

House Subcommittee to Examine the 2010 Census Master Address File


On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives held a hearing entitled: “The 2010 Census Master Address Files: Issues and Concerns.”

The hearing provided an opportunity for the Census Director to offer testimony on the status of the 2010 Census Master Address File.

The hearing took place at 2:00 p.m. in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses:  Dr. Robert Groves Director United States Census Bureau; Mr. Todd Zinser Inspector General Department of Commerce; Mr. Robert Goldenkoff Director, Strategic Issues Government Accountability Office; Ms. Ilene Jacobs Director, Litigation, Advocacy & Training California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

To view the webcast of this hearing, please click on the link below: http://informationpolicy.oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=2644

All Points Commentary on House GIS Oversight Hearing


All Points Blog: The 2009 Federal Geospatial Data Management Oversight Hearing

Last week the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “Federal Geospatial Data Management.” The committee led by Rep. Jim Costa, heard testimony from federal, state, private industry and professional organization representatives. Our editors look at what was said and what the hearing may mean for the future.

House Oversight Hearing Announced: “Federal Geospatial Data Management”

The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, led by Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), will hold an oversight hearing on “Federal Geospatial Data Management.”

This hearing will be directly followed by a legislative hearing on the following bill:

  • H.R. 2489 (Herseth Sandlin): To authorize a comprehensive national cooperative geospatial imagery mapping program through the United States Geological Survey, to promote use of the program for education, workforce training and development, and applied research, and to support Federal, State, tribal, and local government programs. “AmericaView Geospatial Imagery Mapping Program Act.”

House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Oversight Hearing on “Federal Geospatial Data Management” and Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2489

Thursday, July 23, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.

Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building


Oversight Hearing Witnesses

Ms. Karen C. Siderelis
Geospatial Information Officer
U.S. Department of the Interior

Mr. Michael Byrne
Geospatial Information Officer
State of California

Mr. John Palatiello
Executive Director
Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors

Ms. Susan Marlow
Chief Executive Officer
Smart Data Strategies, Inc.

Legislative Hearing Witnesses

Ms. Suzette M. Kimball
Acting Director
U.S. Geological Survey

Ms. Rebecca L. Dodge, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, the Department of Geosciences
Midwestern State University

Ms. Mary O’Neill
Manager, Office of Remote Sensing
South Dakota View Principal Investigator
South Dakota State University

Dr. Sam Batzli
WisconsinView Director
Geospatial Information Scientist, the Space Science & Engineering Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The hearing will be webcast live and archived on the Committee’s Web site at http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/.

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