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.
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.