Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed John M. Palatiello to the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) advisory board.

Palatiello, the president and owner of John M. Palatiello and Associates Inc., was sworn into the position by Fairfax Circuit Court Clerk John Frey on Sept. 5.

The VGIN advisory board helps the Virginia Information Technologies Agency on issues related to surveying, mapping, geographic information systems (GIS) and other geospatial technologies.

Palatiello previously served on an advisory committee to the Virginia General Assembly to create the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) and was a member of a study committee on licensing of Photogrammetrists that made recommendations to the Virginia Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA).

As President of JMP&A, Palatiello serves as Executive Director for MAPPS, the national association of private sector geospatial firms; government affairs consultant to the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS); and administrator for the Council on Federal Procurement of Architecture and Engineering Services (COFPAES). In 2008, Palatiello was appointed by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne as a member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), a federal advisory committee sponsored by the Department of the Interior, where he served one term.