MAPPS, the association of private geospatial firms, will testify before a Congressional oversight field hearing to advocate for greater coordination of the Federal government's geospatial activities, a coordinated effort to inventory the land the government owns, and a reduction of government duplication of and competition with the private geospatial profession.
Reston, VA, May 1, 2012 - MAPPS (
the association of private geospatial firms, will testify before a
Congressional oversight field hearing to advocate for greater coordination
of the Federal government's geospatial activities, a coordinated effort to
inventory the land the government owns, and a reduction of government
duplication of and competition with the private geospatial profession.
John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director, will testify
before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House
Committee on Natural Resources. The hearing is on Thursday, May 3 at 9:00 AM
(MT) at Pikes Peak Regional Building, 2880 International Circle, Colorado
The hearing, "Federal Geospatial Spending, Duplication
and Land Inventory Management," will focus on the Federal government's
reliance on geospatial data, a need to understand how much of the federal
budget is spent on geospatial activities, and the amount of duplication that
exists between agencies and the private sector. The hearing will concentrate on
legislation introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), H.R. 4233, Map It
Once, Use It Many Times Act, a bill to enhance the use of gesoapatial
data, products, and services and increase the efficiency of Federal geospatial
activities. Witnesses will also testify on the H.R. 1620, Federal Land Assets
Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, a bi-partisan bill to improve Federal land
management by developing a multipurpose cadastre of Federal real property by
eliminating duplicative and out of date land inventories.
MAPPS has advocated for the reorganization of Federal
geospatial activities, including governance, strategic investment in data,
structure, and defining the proper roles and responsibilities of various
stakeholders, including government and the private sector.
In 2009, Palatiello testified at a U.S. House of
Representatives subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing stating
"Bold, decisive action is needed to eliminate the extraordinary waste,
duplication and inefficiency in the Federal government's geospatial activities,
the lack of a strong partnerships in Federal agencies' relationship with State
and Local government, and the insidious extent to which there continues to be
unfair government competition with the private sector".
Joining Mr. Palatiello as witnesses will be Brian
Raber, CMS, GLS, GISP, Vice President, Merrick & Company (Aurora, CO), a
member of the MAPPS Board of Directors; Leonard Gilroy, Director of
Government Reform at the Reason Foundation; Anu Mittal, Director, Natural
and Environment Division, U.S. Government Accountability Office; Brian Myers,
PLS, Licensed Land Surveyor, on behalf of the National Society of Professional
Surveyors (NSPS) and Dr. Steve Jennings, Associate Professor & Acting
Chair, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of
Colorado - Colorado Springs.
Following the hearing, the Colorado chapter of MAPPS,
CO-MAPPS, will hold a quarterly membership meeting with Rep. Lamborn as
the guest speaker. The chapter members will discuss topics involving the
private geospatial community in the State. CO-MAPPS has been working with
Governor John Hickenlooper's (D) administration on an economic development
initiative focused on leveraging the significant concentration of geospatial
firms in the state.
MAPPS to Testify at Congressional Field Hearing on Federal Geospatial Spending, Duplication and Land Inventory Management
May 1, 2012