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September 21, 2005
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The purpose of the offshoring task force is to review the issue and develop a recommendation to the MAPPS Board for a policy position that can be accepted by the membership at large.

MAPPS Offshoring Task Force Created

In light of varying opinions within the membership, MAPPS President Kurt Allen has appointed a Task Force on Offshoring. The purpose of this task force will be to review the issue, understand all points of view within the MAPPS membership, and develop a recommendation to the MAPPS Board for a policy position and implementation strategy for MAPPS that represents the consensus of the task force and can be accepted by the membership at large.

Among the topics the Task Force will consider are the following:

  • How MAPPS can better inform its members, and Federal agencies, of the legal opinion MAPPS secured, regarding compliance with current procurement-related law when engaging in offshoring;
  • How MAPPS can assist its members who are licensed professionals, as well as state licensing boards, regarding compliance with current law with regard to "responsible charge" obligations when engaging in offshoring;
  • How MAPPS can ensure that the Department of Homeland Security, or other appropriate Federal agencies, appropriately review the practice of offshoring engineering and geospatial data, drawings and information, to assure that there is no threat to the Nation's homeland security;
  • How MAPPS can assure that commercial remote sensing satellite companies' ability to sell remote sensing imagery is not adversely affected by a government review;
  • How MAPPS can assist its member firms in exporting their products and services, including but not limited to programs of the World Bank, AID, UN, TDA, and the International Trade Administration;
  • How MAPPS can assist its members with knowledge of and compliance with ISO 17799, the information security management standard and other measures to assure data security.

The Task Force is comprised of the following MAPPS members (none of whom are from firms with an individual currently on the MAPPS Board of Directors):

  • John Voycik, Greenhorne & O'Mara -- Chairman
  • Herb Satterlee, DigitalGlobe
  • John Copple, Sanborn
  • Dee Vaidya, Techni Graphic Systems
  • Gregg Tilley, VARGIS
  • Jim Page, James W. Sewall Company
  • Susan Marlow, Smart Data Strategies
  • Jeff Lovin, Woolpert
  • Mary Brauer-Cox, LSI
  • Jean Carter, Aerial Data Service
  • Eric Sandberg, BAE Systems
      The task force will meet in-person at MAPPS Conferences, separate from those meetings, and communicate via telephone and email in the interim. They will be supported by the MAPPS staff. A session will be held at the MAPPS Winter Conference in January, at which the Task Force can present its recommendations to the membership and solicit feedback. Formal recommendations shall be presented to the MAPPS Board at that time.

      MAPPS Legislative Affairs Committee Appointed

      As a means of increasing member participation in MAPPS activities and to making the association's public policy efforts more effective, MAPPS President Kurt Allen has formed a Legislative Affairs Committee. The committee will consist of eight (8) MAPPS member firm principals, including President-elect Marvin Miller, who will serve as chairman, and others who represent a cross section of membership interests and who are knowledgeable and active in the political and legislative arena. They are Kass Green of The Alta Vista Company, Steve Hebert of 3001, Michael Janus of Tenix, Anne Miglarese of EarthData, Clark Nelson of Spot Image, Jim Page of James W. Sewall Company and Dawn Sienicki of DigitalGlobe.

      The committee will coordinate legislative activities of national and state significance to members of the private geospatial profession and work with other allied organizations on public policy matters of mutual interest. The committee will recommend to the Board of Directors an annual MAPPS legislative agenda, and strategies and priorities for accomplishing Board of Direction-approved policies, and shall propose action on nationally significant issues related to the geospatial community when required by pending legislative, and executive or judicial branch action. The committee will recommend to the Board individuals for MAPPS to nominate for appointment of geospatial professionals to fill Federal positions. The MAPPS Legislative Affairs Committee will meet on a regular basis, at MAPPS conferences and independent of such conferences, to develop a recommendation to the Board on the association's annual agenda, to consider policies, and to develop proposed positions. It will be assisted and supported by the MAPPS Executive Director and Government Affairs Manager.

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