Aurora, Colo. -The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is very pleased to announce that three key GITA leaders have been appointed to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC).
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
appointed a total of 14 individuals to serve as members of the NGAC on Thursday,
Feb. 4. The NGAC provides advice and recommendations on federal geospatial
policy and management issues as well as a forum to convey views representative
of partners in the geospatial community. The members of the NGAC report to the
chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), which is the Federal
interagency executive group responsible for providing leadership and direction
in federal geospatial programs. The FGDC is chaired by the Secretary of the
Interior or the Secretary’s designee.
individuals include GITA’s 2010 President, Cindi Salas, Director, Land &
Field Services, CenterPoint Energy; 2010 President-elect Dr. Robert F. Austin,
Enterprise Application Integration Manager, City of Tampa; and Research
Committee Chair and Past President David DiSera, Vice President & CTO, EMA,
Inc. Past GITA Board and Executive Committee Member Xavier Lopez, Director,
Location Based Services, Oracle Corporation, was also
“We are extremely
pleased that the importance of the geospatial dimensions of infrastructure has
been acknowledged at the federal level by these appointments. It is vital that
practitioners from the utility and local government sectors have input to
decisions being made at the highest levels. I am confident that this added
representation will result in very positive developments for critical
infrastructure protection and the geospatial industry in general, “said Robert
M. Samborski, GITA’s Executive Director.
“I am delighted to
accept appointment to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee,” said Salas.
“It is certainly my privilege to participate on this committee with such a
varied and prestigious cast of members, and to have an opportunity to provide
input on the development of federal and national geospatial programs. I’m
honored, grateful, and enthusiastically looking forward to bringing the utility
perspective to this group as we address areas of critical
by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee
is a great honor,” said Austin. “Geospatial information and analytical tools
hold significant promise for supporting economic recovery in areas such as local
government and communications. I appreciate the opportunity and privilege of
service to the geospatial information community and look forward to working with
my colleagues on the committee to realize that promise."
“I am extremely honored
to have been appointed to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee,” said
DiSera. ”I look forward to bringing my experience working with the geospatial
information and technology community and collaborating with the other committee
members on vital issues facing the FGDC related to the management of Federal and
national geospatial programs, and further development of SDI and policies for
addressing our community problems at the national and local
The NGAC meets three to four times
per year. The public is invited to comment and make suggestions at all committee
meetings, which will be announced by publication in the Federal Register at
least 15 days before the meeting date. The U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau of
the Department of the Interior, provides support services for the NGAC. The NGAC
functions solely as an advisory body.
The Geospatial Information &
Technology Association, or GITA, is the professional association and leading
advocate for anyone using computerized mapping for the extraction of data to
own, operate, maintain, and protect the infrastructure. GITA is the source for
professional best practices, education, and employment.
Two GITA Board Members, Research Committee Chair Appointed to NGAC
February 11, 2010