A member of MAPPS will testify about federal navigation programs in front of a Congressional subcommittee on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Quantum Spatial’s Scott Perkins will address geospatial activities that support maritime transportation at the hearing “Finding Your Way: The Future of Federal Aids to Navigation.” The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct the proceedings.

Perkins, the vice chairman of the federal government’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) and chairman of the MAPPS-NOAA liaison committee, will speak about the role surveying, mapping and geospatial data plays to support various maritime functions, including port and harbor maintenance and dredging.

According to MAPPS, Perkins’ recommendations will include:

  • Weekly publication of the Coast Guard's Light List data as a Web service, to allow updates to be capable with Web applications or on a desktop to increase ease of use of the data.
  • Prompt passage of H.R. 1399 to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act.
  • Passage of H.R. 1382, the Digital Coast Act, to assist a coordinated and comprehensive national mapping effort for coastal, state and territorial waters of the United States and better integrate navigational and non-navigational geospatial activities in NOAA.
  • Improve coordination of geospatial activities among various agencies and numerous programs and applications, as noted in several GAO reports, to develop a cross-cutting and joint funding strategy to leverage and coordinate budgets and expenditures for geospatial data related to charting, navigation, and aid to navigation (ATON).
  • A public-private partnership to better utilize the capacity and capability in the private sector to provide government agencies the geospatial services that support ATON, while refocusing government agencies on inherently governmental activities.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. It will be available via webcast.