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NSPS, MAPPS to Testify Before Congress

Surveying and mapping leaders to advocate for greater coordination of federal government’s geospatial activities.

February 1, 2014
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NSPS Executive Director Curtis Sumner and MAPPS President Jeff Lower will testify before a Congressional committee to call for greater coordination of the federal government’s geospatial activities.

Sumner, Lower and others from the geospatial community will appear before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee on Natural Resources on Thursday, Dec. 5. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, and it can be viewed via webcast at http://naturalresources.house.gov/live/.

MAPPS also is expected to advocate for a coordinated effort to inventory the land the government owns and a reduction of government duplication of and competition with the private geospatial profession.

The hearing will focus on two pieces of legislation: H.R. 1604, the Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act, and H.R. 916, the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act.

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., introduced the Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act, which aims to enhance the use of geospatial data, products and services and increase the efficiency of federal geospatial activities.

Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, introduced the FLAIR Act, which looks to improve federal land management by developing a multipurpose cadastre of federal real property and eliminating duplicate and outdated land inventories.

In addition to Lower and Sumner, other witnesses from the geospatial community expected to testify are Jeff Lovin, director of geospatial services and senior vice president at Woolpert; Jay Parrish, a former state geologist and chairman of the Mapping Committee of the Association of American State Geologists (AASG); Kevin Gallagher, the associate director for core science systems with the United States Geological Survey (USGS); and David Powner, the director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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