U.S. Congressional Speakers Line Up to Address MAPPS, NSPS
Associations announce high-powered speakers as part of National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference
Conference attendees will travel Wednesday to Capitol Hill, where they will be joined at breakfast by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), chairman of the House Small Business Committee, and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ). Rep. Gosar sits on the Natural Resource and Oversight & Government Reform Committees. He is the sponsor of H.R. 924, the Responsibility in Federal Contracting Act, to reform the Davis-Bacon Act. In addition to chairing the small business panel, Rep. Chabot sits on the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Judiciary. He is the sponsor of H.R. 1481, the Small Contractors Improve Competition Act, which includes a ban on reverse auctions for professional services including surveying and mapping.
The legislative breakfast will kick off a day of meetings in which more than 100 surveying and mapping professionals will visit some 75 U.S. senators and more than 100 congressmen. “One of the leading reasons MAPPS and NSPS members go to Capitol Hill is to meet with and hear from legislators,” said John Byrd, government affairs manager for the two geospatial organizations. “These face-to-face meetings are essential to developing relationships with legislators and making the voice of the surveying and mapping profession heard in Congress. We’re pleased to have these lawmakers meet with and speak to our members, and learn about the profession.”
The evening prior, contributors to the MAPPS and NSPS political action committees will be joined at dinner at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). Sen. Gardner is a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Foreign Relations Committee and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; Rep. Labrador sits on the Natural Resources Committee and the Judiciary Committee.
For more information on the National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference being held at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City (Arlington), Va., visit the event’s official website.
The Management Association for Private Photogrammetic Surveyors based in Reston, Va., MAPPS is the only national association of firms in the surveying, spatial data and geographic information systems fields. MAPPS member firms are engaged in surveying, photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, hydrography, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. Associate members are engaged in the manufacturing and/or supplying of geospatial equipment, services, supplies, hardware or software to geospatial services firms, many of which are MAPPS member firms.
With more than 15,000 individual members primarily within the United States, the National Society of Professional Surveyors is the voice of the professional surveying community. Through its joint membership program with the respective state surveying societies, NSPS has a strong constituency base for communicating with lawmakers, agencies and regulators at both the national and state levels. NSPS also collaborates with a multitude of other organizations within the geospatial community to address issues of mutual importance. As the lead society for the evaluation of college-level programs seeking accreditation through ABET, NSPS is instrumental in assuring that prospective professional surveyors receive an education that is relevant to the role they will play in society. NSPS is the U.S. representative to the international organization for surveyors — FIG — placing representatives on the respective practice-area commissions. NSPS has a Certified Survey Technician (CST) program and a hydrographic surveying certification program, and offers competitions for both high school and college-level students.