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MAPPS Leadership Meets President's Senior Staff at White House 08.13.2002

August 13, 2002
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Discussions focused on topics ranging from government competition with the private sector to geospatial applications for infrastructure, resource management and Homeland Defense applications.

MAPPS Director Kurt Allen, Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Angela Styles, and MAPPS Presdient Mike Ritchie.
A delegation from MAPPS www.mapps.org, a national association of private geospatial firms, met with senior staff to President George W. Bush on August 8 at the White House. MAPPS President Mike Ritchie (Photo Science, Inc., Lexington KY), MAPPS Board of Directors member Kurt Allen (Greenhorne & O'Mara, Inc., Greenbelt, MD) and MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello, met with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mitch Daniels, Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Administrator Angela Styles, and OFPP Associate Administrator Jack Kalavritinos to discuss a number of issues affecting the Federal Government's mapping and geographic information activities.

The MAPPS delegation presented OMB Director Daniels with an Ikonos poster of Washington, DC, produced by Space Imaging, a MAPPS member firm. Discussions focused on topics such as CIA Director George Tenet's recent memo to NIMA advocating use of commercial satellite imagery and the need for a similar government-wide policy from OMB; Circular A-110 and the issue of public domain and private, licensed, copyrighted data; Federal agency duplication of geospatial activities; government competition with the private sector; and geospatial applications for infrastructure, resource management and Homeland Defense applications.

The MAPPS leadership presented various options for the government, ranging from licensed data to fee-for-service mapping. Examples of government competition, duplication and inefficiency, as well as opportunities for savings, efficiencies and creation of more jobs and economic activity in the private sector were also discussed.

Additionally, the MAPPS representatives and White House officials conferred on the need to better manage the government's geospatial requirements through interagency coordination, standards and interoperability of data.

MAPPS Presdient Mike Ritchie, MAPPS Presdient Mike Ritchie, OMB Director Mitch Daniels and MAPPS Director Kurt Allen
Messrs. Ritchie, Allen and Palatiello discussed the "Brooks Act" qualifications based selection (QBS) for mapping and GIS services (40 USC 541 and 48 CFR 36.6) with OFPP Administrator Styles. The meeting focused on the success of the process for surveying, mapping and related services in agencies including NIMA, USGS and the Corps of Engineers and opportunities to improve Federal procurement regulations benefiting contracting in all government agencies.

Mr. Daniels, Ms. Styles and Mr. Kalavritinos thanked MAPPS for its efforts in support of the FAIR Act and the President's Competitive Sourcing Initiative, as well as MAPPS' opposition to anti-outsourcing proposals in Congress including the recent Kennedy, Corzine and Moran-Dorgan Amendments.

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