Washington D.C. - The annual MAPPS Federal Programs Conference opens today in Washington D.C., featuring presentations by Federal agencies, the Obama Administration, members of Congress and visits to the U.S. House and Senate by MAPPS members.
MAPPS member firm principals will hear presentations by Federal agency
officials on their programs, budgets and requirements for acquisition of
geospatial services, data and products from the private sector that are on the
horizon. The association also hosts a series of liaison meetings with key
agencies, featuring small group discussions between agencies and the
private sector on issues affecting the relationship between government and
private geospatial firms.
The keynote address will be presented by Anne Castle, assistant secretary of
the interior for Water and Science, and chair of the Federal Geographic Data
Committee. Castle oversees water and science policy for the department and
has responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological
Survey. As FGDC chair, she coordinates Federal agencies' geospatial activities.
She has been a champion of the National Land Imaging Program, the nation's
longest sequential moderate-resolution satellite imaging program provided by
the Landsat series of satellites, now hosted by USGS.
More than 100 MAPPS members will be on Capitol Hill on March 28, visiting some
250 Congressmen, Senators and their staffs. The geospatial firm principals will
be advocating limits on government agency and prison industry competition with
their private enterprise establishments, enactment of a bill to provide a
cadastre-based inventory of federally owned land and buildings, and legislation
to coordinate and bring greater efficiency to Federal geospatial activities.
Among the members of Congress who will speak to MAPPS members during the two
day conference will be Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Rep.
Richard Hanna (R-NY) and Rep. Nan Hayworth, M.D. (R-NY).
"MAPPS is the only organization in the geospatial community that hosts a
conference of this kind," said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello.
"Our members gain valuable insights into business opportunities with
Federal agencies and advocate for the geospatial profession in Congress. This
is an extraordinarily productive and valuable annual conference. Since starting
the Federal Programs Conference in 1991, MAPPS members have had a considerable
impact with theses meetings."
MAPPS Federal Programs Conference Opens
March 27, 2012