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NAPA Forum on Place-Based Public Management

National Academy of Public Administration Forum on Place-Based Public Management

The rapid advance of geospatial technology and its embeddedness in everyday life (e.g., GPS in every cell phone) are fueling major changes in thinking, behavior, and interaction in business, government, and private life. To kick off our Initiative on Place-Based Public Management, the National Academy of Public Administration will host a forum on May 20, 2011, to explore the potential that place-based policies and geospatial capabilities hold for improving public management.

The centerpiece of this forum will be a Panel of federal and private-sector leaders that will (1) discuss lessons learned in developing and implementing place-based approaches to public management; and (2) identify the key challenges and opportunities in realizing the full potential of these approaches. Speakers on this Panel will include:

  • Xavier Briggs, the primary author of the 2009 White House memo on Place-Based Policy and OMB Associate Director for General Government Services
  • Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Keith Barber, the lead for implementing DoD priorities for “whole of government” geospatial  capabilities, National Geospatial-Intelligence Administration
  • Michael Byrne, GIO, Federal Communications Commission, and lead for implementing the National Broadband Map
  • Jerry Johnston, GIO, Environmental Protection Agency, and geospatial lead for Data.gov
  • Mark Reichardt, President and CIO, Open Geospatial Consortium, a leading standards organization enabling place-based strategies

The full forum agenda is available here.

For more information on the Academy’s Place-Based Public Management Initiative, click here.


Date: Friday, May 20, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: National Academy of Public Administration, 900 7th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC

RSVP: As space is limited, please RSVP to Chloe Yang at yyang [at] napawash [dot] org or by phone at 202 204-3662. In your RSVP, please indicate your organization and title.

via Forum on Place-Based Public Management | National Academy of Public Administration.

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.

Congressional Research Service Questions Open Government Initiative

CRS Questions Open Government Initiative

from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2011, Issue No. 15
February 14, 2011

Secrecy News Blog:  http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

The Congressional Research Service took a decidedly skeptical view of the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative in a recently updated report (pdf).  The report called into question not only the implementation of the Administration’s transparency policy but also its underlying rationale. “Arguably, releasing previously unavailable datasets to the public increases transparency,” the report granted.  “The new datasets offer the public more information than was previously available, making the particular issue area more transparent.  But this type of transparency does not give Congress or the public much insight into how the federal government itself operates or executes policies,” the CRS report said. But even bona fide transparency may not be altogether positive, the CRS report suggested.  “…Increased participation may increase trust in the federal government while concurrently reducing the speed of government action.  Additionally, increased government transparency may prompt security and privacy concerns.”

For full text of the Secrecy News article, click here.

The bulk of the CRS report was written last year, but it was updated last month.  See “The Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative: Issues for Congress,” January 28, 2011.

Administration Looks Ahead to FY 2012 Budget Release

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Administration Looks Ahead to FY 2012 Budget Release

by Richard Jones, FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News, Number 10, Feb 1, 2011

Yesterday the White House announced that the Administration will send its FY 2012 budget request to Congress on Monday, February 14.  The submission is a week later than usual because the confirmation of the new director of the Office of Management and Budget was delayed. The development of the budget request was undoubtedly made more difficult because Congress has not passed any of the FY 2011 appropriations bills.  Making it even more complicated is the effort being made by House Republicans to reduce FY 2011 spending to FY 2008 levels. President Obama recommended in his State of the Union that non-security spending be frozen for five years except for defense, homeland security, and veterans’ programs.  Importantly, he advocated that government spending increase for science and education. Following the speech, the White House released a document providing additional detail about the FY 2012 budget request, selections of which follow…

For full text of the article, visit Administration Looks Ahead to FY 2012 Budget Release.

Earth-Observation Summit Endorses Global Data Sharing


by Richard Stone, Science Magazine, November 12, 2010

A veritable orchestra of Earth-observation systems is intended to make reams of data available and relevant to decision-makers. At the summit last week of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)—the organization attempting to get this ensemble performing in synchrony—initiatives were unveiled to monitor land-cover changes and forest carbon stocks. And GEO delegates embraced plans to funnel data from platforms tracking everything from biodiversity to earthquake risks into a free and open database.

For full text of the article, click here.

Science 12 November 2010:
Vol. 330 no. 6006 p. 902
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6006.902

Keywords: Forest Carbon, REDD, SERVIR, Disaster / Crisis Response, Biodiversity

Issuance of OMB Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance


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November 10, 2010

FGDC Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released the new Supplemental Guidance to OMB Circular A-16 Revised, “Coordination of Geographic Information and Related Spatial Data Activities.” OMB Memorandum M-11-03, “Issuance of OMB Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance,” from Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra to Heads of Executive Agencies and Departments, formally issues the Supplemental Guidance. The Guidance, released today, is posted at:


OMB Circular A-16 provides for improvements in the coordination and use of spatial data, and describes effective and economical use and management of spatial data assets in the digital environment for the benefit of the Federal Government and the Nation. The Supplemental Guidance further defines and clarifies selected elements of Circular A-16 to facilitate a coordinated Federal geospatial asset management capability that will improve support of mission-critical business requirements of the Federal Government and its stakeholders. The Guidance has a primary focus on geospatial data as a capital asset and outlines a portfolio management process to manage geospatial data assets.

The Memorandum from Mr. Kundra notes: “Data-management, and particularly geospatial data-management, is one of the essential components for addressing the management of the business of government and for supporting the effective and economical use of tax dollars. It is, however, susceptible to constant renewal, information quality, and information management challenges. A portfolio-centric model cures the single agency, stovepipe model by applying consistent policy, improved organization, better governance, and understanding of the public to deliver outstanding results.”

The Supplemental Guidance is the result of a dedicated effort by many individuals, agencies, and partners within the FGDC community. I would like to particularly recognize and thank Wendy Blake Coleman from the Environmental Protection Agency, who chaired the Geospatial Line of Business Lifecycle Management Workgroup, which led the development of the Guidance. Wendy and the other members of the Workgroup showed great commitment and perseverance in the development, review, and approval of the Guidance. The document also benefitted from input and feedback from other partners and stakeholders, including the members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee.

We look forward to working with the FGDC community to implement the requirements of the Supplemental Guidance. The portfolio management approaches laid out in the document will help provide a foundation to support multiple objectives, including the Administration’s Geospatial Platform initiative. As you know, we are currently engaged in a stakeholder outreach process for the Platform, and we encourage FGDC partners and stakeholders to provide input through the Geospatial Platform IdeaScale website.

Thank you once again to all who contributed to this significant milestone in the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.


Ivan B. DeLoatch, Executive Director

Federal Geographic Data Committee

U.S. Geological Survey

U.S.Department of the Interior

OMB Guidelines on Social Media in the Public Sector

Social Media in the Public Sector

By John O’Leary, October 4, 2010, Governing Magazine

… As with any emerging technology in government, there are concerns, particularly around privacy and data security. The media is so new, no one really knows the rules yet. For example, if a public agency solicits ideas on a Facebook page, are the results subject to FOIA disclosures? Ironically, it turned out that the Paperwork Reduction Act had serious ramifications for the use of online media. The rules were based on an old technology (paper) and were producing confusion when applied to social media.

To clarify these issues, earlier this year the Office of Management and Budget provided guidance around the acceptable use and disclosure rules regarding social media. The NASCIO survey also noted that state government’s rules and policies really haven’t caught up with the use of social media: “[T]he survey in the aggregate documents a parallel lag between use and policy or governance mechanisms…”  …

For full text of the article, click here.


Office of Management and Budget


From: Cass Sunstein, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affiairs

Date: April 7, 2010

Subject: Social Media, Web-Based Interactive Technologies, and the Paperwork Reduction Act

On January 21, 2009, the President issued a memorandum calling for the establishment of “a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” The memorandum required an Open Government Directive to be issued by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), instructing “executive departments and agencies to take specific actions implementing the principles set forth in this memorandum.”

Implementing the President’s memorandum, OMB’s Open Government Directive requires a series of measures to promote the commitments to transparency, participation, and collaboration. Section 4 of the Directive specifically instructs the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to “review existing OMB policies, such as Paperwork Reduction Act guidance and privacy guidance, to identify impediments to open government and to the use of new technologies and, where necessary, issue clarifying guidance and/or propose revisions to such policies, to promote greater openness in government.”

This Memorandum responds to that requirement. Animated by the goal of promoting flexible and open interactions between Federal agencies and the public, it clarifies when and how the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA)1

To engage the public, Federal agencies are expanding their use of social media and web-based interactive technologies. For example, agencies are increasingly using web-based technologies, such as blogs, wikis, and social networks, as a means of “publishing” solicitations for public comment and for conducting virtual public meetings. This Memorandum explains that certain uses of social media and web-based interactive technologies will be treated as equivalent to activities that are currently excluded from the PRA.

Notably, OMB’s regulations implementing the PRA exclude facts or opinions provided in response to general solicitations published in the Federal Register or other publications. As agencies increasingly use web-based technologies as a means of “publishing” such solicitations, OMB believes that it is appropriate to exclude these activities as well. This Memorandum identifies a series of other activities that, consistent with the text and purposes of the PRA, OMB has determined may be excluded from its purview. Such activities include many uses of wikis, the posting of comments, the conduct of certain contests, and the rating and ranking of posts or comments by website users.

This Memorandum applies whether agency interactions are occurring on a .gov website or on a third-party platform. OMB continues to recommend that agency staff members, including web staff, consult with their Chief Information Officer, agency paperwork clearance officer, agency counsel, agency privacy officials, and OIRA to ensure that all relevant laws and policies are followed. …

For full text of the memo, click here.

OMB CIO Comments on Geospatial Line of Business

Viveck Kundra says that OMB is particularly interested in four initiatives: Grants.gov, E-Travel, Geospatial, and the Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE). In Part I of the Federal Radio broadcast on March 18, 2010 (at about min 4:00), Kundra specifically mentions his interest in the intersection of the geospatial line of business with Data.gov.

Source: Jason Miller, Federal News Radio: http://federalnewsradio.com/?sid=1914675&nid=35

OSTP FY 2011 Budget Briefing

Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) FY 2011 Budget Briefing

Date: February 1, 2010,  Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm, AAAS Auditorium


  • John P. Holdren – Director and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
  • Aneesh Chopra – Chief Technology Officer and Associate
  • Director, Technology Shere Abbott – OSTP Associate Director, Energy & Environment
  • Arden Bement – NSF Director
  • Jane Lubchenco – NOAA Administrator
  • Lori Garver – NASA Deputy Administrator

Briefing Memos can be found at: http://www.ostp.gov/cs/rd_budgets/fy_2009_budget/2011_budget

OMB President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2011: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/

Agency FY 2011 Budget Briefing Schedule

The schedule of other agency FY 2011 budget briefings can be found at http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/fy2011/

Stay on top of the FY 2011 budget process with Twitter updates from the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program: http://twitter.com/AAAS_RDBudget


  • “The Obama Administration’s FY2011 Budget calls for $66 billion investment in nondefense research and development (R&D) – an increase of $3.7 billion or 5.9 percent above the FY2010 enacted level – reflecting the Administration’s firm belief that investment in science, technology, and innovation is the key to building the American Economy of the future.”
  • “The President’s Budget maintains, as promised, a path to double the budgets of three key science agencies – the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratories – by providing them a combined $13.3 billion, an increase of $824 million or 6.6 percent above the 2010 enacted total;”
  • “The Presiden’ts Budget provides almost $1 billion t the R&D budget of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration – a substantial increase over 2010 – and also calls for $2.6 billion – an increase of $439 million or 21 percent – to multi-agency U.S. Global change Research Program (USGCRP), affirming the Administration’s commitment to understanding the risks posed by climate change and developing appropriate strategices to mitigate and adapt to those risks.”
  • “The President’s Budget provides $679 million for the Interior Department’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).”


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