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Senate Holds Hearing on Drones

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. to examine the growth of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones”, in the United States, including the potential economic benefits of drone operations, and the progress of steps taken to facilitate the development of the industry through the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-95). The hearing included consideration of safety and privacy issues surrounding the operation of drones in the United States.

Watch the video of the hearing here.

Majority Statement

Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV
U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Panel Testimony

Mobile Mapping and the MAP-21 Act

By Professional Survey Magazine, The Political Surveyor: Mobile Mapping and the MAP-21 Act, January 2013

When Congress passed and President Obama signed the MAP-21 Act in July of 2012, mobile mapping may have been given a big green light. On July 6, President Obama signed into law H.R. 4348 that became Public Law 112-141. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century act included provisions reauthorizing the nation’s highway program for two fiscal years, providing hundreds of millions of dollars a year in demand for geospatial data, activities, and requirements.

For full text of this article, visit Mobile Mapping and the MAP-21 Act.

Link to summary, text of legislation, and congressional action for H.R. 4348 here. See also the conference report.

GAO Says OMB and Feds Need to Make Coordination a Priority

Geospatial Information

GAO-13-94, Nov 26, 2012

What GAO Found

While the President and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have established policies and procedures for coordinating investments in geospatial data, governmentwide committees and federal departments and agencies have not effectively implemented them. The committee that was established to promote the coordination of geospatial data nationwide–the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)–has developed and endorsed key standards– including a metadata standard that includes descriptive information about a particular set of geospatial data–and established a clearinghouse of metadata; however, the clearinghouse is not being used by agencies to identify planned geospatial investments to promote coordination and reduce duplication. The FGDC has not yet planned or implemented an approach to manage geospatial data as related groups of investments to allow agencies to more effectively plan geospatial data collection efforts and minimize duplicative investments; and its strategic plan is missing key elements, such as performance measures for many of its defined objectives. Further, none of the three federal departments in GAO’s review have fully implemented important activities for coordinating geospatial data, such as preparing and implementing a strategy for advancing geospatial activities within their respective departments.

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MAPPS Promotes “Map It Once, Use It Many Times” Act

At the prompting of MAPPS, Rep Doug Lamborn (Co-5) introduced HR 4233, Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 21, 2012. This bill was referred to several congressional committees. The following summary was written by the Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan arm of the Library of Congress, which serves Congress.

Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act – Establishes the National Geospatial Technology Administration in the Department of the Interior. Directs the Administrator of the National Geospatial Technology Administration to: (1) establish a National Geospatial Database of all U.S. owned or managed lands (including public lands), Indian trust parcels, and non-federal lands in each state; and (2) determine whether any U.S. owned or managed property may be better managed through ownership by a non-federal entity. Requires the Administrator to implement the recommendations of the National Geospatial Data Plan developed by the National Geospatial Policy Commission established by this Act. Requires the Administrator to promulgate standards for ensuring the interoperability of geospatial data collected by or with the support of the federal government. Transfers to the Administrator all geospatial functions vested by law in the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) with respect to the National Forest System, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Read More…

Would the lack of federal government mapping be a good thing?

Thank you to Kevin Pomfret who alerted us to this article:

Written by Matt Ball, V1 Magazine, posted Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

Trading off this week’s highly-charged political theme of a potential federal government shutdown in the United States, it’s worth discussing the implications of a lack of federal mapping. Elimination of federal mapmaking is really out of the question as the federal government needs to map for so many policy and security reasons, yet there has been a steady reduction of the role of federal mapmaking for decades. What would the implications be if there weren’t a national mapping effort at all? …

For full text of the op-ed, visit Would the lack of federal government mapping be a good thing?.

#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



Representative Doug Lamborn


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

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.

Is an Exam in Your Future? Past, Present, Future of GIS Certification

GISCI Executive Director on Past, Present, Future of GISP

By Sheila Wilson, Directions Magazine, Sunday, February 27th 2011

Summary: GISCI’s Executive Director Sheila Wilson writes about the addition of an exam to the GISP certification process. She addresses “the history of the debate, where we stand now, and the options being discussed by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).”

Should the GIS professional (GISP) certification include an exam? That question has been asked since the idea of GIS certification originated with the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). This article will discuss the history of the debate, where we stand now, and the options being discussed by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).

For full article, visit: GISCI Executive Director on Past, Present, Future of GISP – Directions Magazine.

Legislation to Establish a PA Geospatial Coordination Council

Legislation to establish a statewide geospatial coordination council, in Pennsylvania, was introduced June 8 by Rep. Russ Fairchild (R-85). The bill, HB 2300, was introduced with 59 cosponsors and referred to the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committee.

For full text of the article, visit: http://www.mapps.org/news/Press.cfm?PressID=155

Source: MAPPS, 6/16/2010

House Hearing on Technology to Improve Financial Oversight


The House Committe on Financial Services – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing this morning that will touch on the use of parcel data for monitoring the mortgage industry.

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations


Utilizing Technology to Improve TARP and Financial Oversight

  10:00 a.m., September 17, 2009, 2128 Rayburn House Office Building
Oversight and Investigations
  Witness List & Prepared Testimony:

  • Mr. Ari Schwartz, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Mr. Thomas Quaadman,  Executive Director for Financial Reporting Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Steve Horne,  Senior Vice President for Master Database Management, Dow Jones and Company
  • Mr. Dilip Krishna, Vice President, Financial Services and Insurance, Teradata Corporation
  • Ms. Susan Marlow, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Data Strategies, Inc., on behalf of MAPPS (Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors)
  • Mr. Gregory B. Hahn,  Principal, Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Professor Bennet A. Zelner,  Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, on behalf of The Probity Group
  • Mr. Thomas Kimner, Risk Manager, Americas Risk Practice, SAS Institute, Inc.

Visit Website for testimony and live webcast: http://www.house.gov/apps/list/hearing/financialsvcs_dem/hr_090909.shtml


ASPRS Offers Draft Procurement Guidelines for Comment


In this months issue of PE&RS (Vol. 74, No. 11, pp. 1286-1295), the ASPRS Procurement Guidelines Committee, an ad hoc committee appointed by the ASPRS leadership, published draft for review guidelines for the pucurement of Professional Aerial Imagery, Photogrammetry, Lidar and Related Remote Sensor-based Geospatial Mapping Services. The Committee includes represention from the ASPRS Professional Practices Division, ASPRS members from state and federal government, the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). The ASPRS is soliciting comments on these guidelines, with the intention of finalizing the document for ASPRS Board approval at its March 13, 2009 meeting. Comments should be forwarded via email to guidelines@aspsr.org no later than January 15, 2009.

The definition of geospatial “professoinal” services, as described in such guidelines, has been a point of contention among surveying and mapping and geospatial organizations.  The Executive Summary of the ASPRS Procurement Guidelines states that:

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