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…
Central Platte Natural Resources District (Appellant) v. United States Department of Agriculture; Farm Service Agency (Appellees) Central Platte Natural Resources District (Central Platte) sought disclosure of geospatial data from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Farm Service Agency (collectively the USDA) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq. The district court dismissed Central Platte’s APA claim on the ground that it already had an adequate remedy and granted summary judgment on its FOIA claim on the ground that the USDA was not required to disclose the requested geospatial data. … For the full Judicial View article, click here.
Text of the Court Opinion
For text of the court’s opinion, visit: United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, Case No. 10-3205. Thank you to the GSDI listserv for the heads up!
Prior Posts Tracking USDA Lawsuits on GIS data Access:
Central Platte NRD appeals dismissal of lawsuit
Source: TIMBERLY ROSS, Associated Press Writer, Greenwhichtime.com, 12:58 p.m., Saturday, October 16, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Central Platte Natural Resources District has appealed the dismissal of its federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over access to information. The Central Platte Natural Resources District has spent five years trying to gain access to the geographic information system data kept by the USDA‘s Farm Service Agency. Better known as GIS data, the information is used to map and track things like irrigation practices and cropland. It can also be used to help guide district decisions. But the district has received only “evasive responses, feigned cooperation, shifting legal interpretations and flagrant stonewalling” from federal officials, according to the lawsuit filed in September 2009 in U.S. District Court in Lincoln. The lawsuit was dismissed in September. An appeal was filed earlier this month with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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