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Large Release of Intelligence Imagery Foreseen

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Large Release of Intelligence Imagery Foreseen

by Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News, February 28th, 2011

Millions of feet of film of historical imagery from intelligence satellites may be declassified this year, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) said. “The NGA is anticipating the potential declassification of significant amounts of film-based imagery… in 2011,” according to an NGA announcement that solicited contractor interest in converting the declassified film into digital format.  It was published in Federal Business Opportunities on February 14, 2011.  A copy is posted here (pdf). … A nominal start date of October 1, 2011 was specified for the digitization project. The NGA announcement also suggested that the winning contractor would “retain rights to distribute declassified imagery and recoup investment, for a specified period of time (negotiable).”  This would be problematic if it implied that the contractor had exclusive access to the declassified film and could prevent others from digitizing selected portions of it.

For full text of the article, visit Secrecy News.

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 Passes National Land Remote Sensing Outreach Act


H.R. 2489, The “National Land Remote Sensing Outreach Act” (version 2 of the AmericaView Geospatial Imagery Mapping Program Act), passed on the House floor with a Roll-Call vote of 379-33.

Here is the text of HR2489: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:H.R.2489:

Here is the roll-call vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll817.xml

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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