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House Hearing on Earth Observation Satellites

Setting New Courses for Polar Weather Satellites and Earth Observations

Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee – Hearing

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2318 Rayburn House Office Building (WEBCAST)


  • Hon. Shere Abbott, Associate Director, Energy and Environment Division, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Ms. Mary Glackin, Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Mr. Christopher Scolese, Associate Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Mr. Gil Klinger, Director, Space and Intelligence Office, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Department of Defense
  • Mr. David Powner, Director, Information Technology Management Issues, Government Accountability Office
    GAO Report on Earth Satellites, April 2010

Gov O’Malley Exhibits Maryland’s Recovery GIS and Web Tools before Congressional Committee


Governor Martin O’Malley Exhibits Maryland’s Recovery Web Tools before Congressional Committee

Office of Governor Martin O’Malley, July 8, 2009

Governor Martin O’Malley testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today, where he exhibited Maryland’s nationally-recognized, interactive website that tracks funding from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) from it’s inception.  The Governor joined Governors Edward Rendell (PA) and Deval Patrick (MA) in highlighting ways the states are conforming to federal accountability standards and using technology to achieve new levels of government transparency and efficiency.

“For those of us in the states, the Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been a true lifeline,” said Governor O’Malley.  “Were it not for these funds, we would have been forces to lay off 700 state employees, erode health care benefits, and forgo investments in public education which have produced record test scores and earned our state’s schools a number on in the nation ranking for our public schools.  This critical legislation is helping us create and save jobs, and position our State’s economy to bounce back from recession.  In Maryland, we share the President’s commitment to investing these funds with maximum efficiency, openness, and transparency.”

In February, just days after the passage of ARRA, Governor O’Malley announced Maryland’s plan to monitor and track Recovery and Reinvestment funds in the State of Maryland through the launch of Maryland’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act website, www.recovery.maryland.gov to allow Marylanders to track recovery projects in the State of Maryland. Governor O’Malley provided a quick demonstration of the website that utilizes GIS (Geographic-Information System) technology. 

The website, maintained by StateStat, Maryland’s performance-measurement and management program implemented to make state government more accountable and more efficient, tracks every category of ARRA spending providing contract-level details to the public.

Recently, Maryland launched an updated application for the website, allowing users to find information more easily.  The Map has been upgraded with additional information tools, detailed fund descriptions and project details.  The new site also provides users the opportunity to send comments and questions about the data and the map directly to StateStat administrators.

See also:

Gov. O’Malley’s oral testimony before the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, July 8, 2009: http://www.governor.maryland.gov/speeches/090708arra.pdf

Gov. O’Malley’s written testiomony: http://www.governor.maryland.gov/speeches/090708arrawritten.pdf

House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform – Opening Statement, Witness Testimony, and Webcast for Committee Hearing Titled “Tracking the Money:  Preventing Waste, Fraud and Abuse of Recovery Act Funding” http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=2528

How Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley uses GIS Technology to Transform his State for the Better, by Chad Vander Veen, Government Technology Magazine  p. 15 – 17 (starts p. 18 in PDF)  http://digitalmag.govtech.com/GT/GT_Mag_Aug09.pdf 

MD StateStat:  http://www.statestat.maryland.gov/

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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