New Bill Seeks to Streamline Federal Geospatial Activities
Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO-05) has introduced a bill that would streamline federal bureaucracy dealing with geospatial activities. H.R 4233, Map it Once, Use it Many Times Act, would reform, consolidate, and reorganize federal geospatial activities.
"There is a capable and qualified private sector in the geospatial field, yet many government agencies duplicate, and in some cases compete with, private firms. Given the extraordinary cluster of such firms in Colorado, these phenomena particularly concern me. At a time of record debt and deficits we need to not only eliminate duplication across agencies and programs. We must also weed out government competition with the private sector so federal assets and resources are focused on those things only government can do,” said Rep. Lamborn in a press release.
H.R. 4233 would:
- consolidate responsibilities for leadership in a National Geospatial Technology Administration within the U.S. Geological Survey;
- merge duplicate federal geospatial programs into the new Administration;
- encourage the uses of commercial data and private sector service providers;
- establish a National Geospatial Policy Commission to provide a priority-setting mechanism that not only includes federal agencies, but Congress and non-federal stakeholders as well;
- provide for acquisition of professional geospatial services on the basis of quality , qualifications and experience of competing firms;
- establish an advocacy function for the dynamic U.S. private sector geospatial community;
- and coordinate the tens of millions of dollars the U.S.government spends each year on geospatial-related research and development along strategic goals that meet the needs of government and the private sector.
H.R. 4233 is one of the issues MAPPS will be advocating during the Capitol Hill Day next Wednesday, March 28 part of the Federal Programs Conference.
"Congressman Lamborn's bill will help stimulate a discussion on how to best deploy geospatial data, services, products and technologies in the Federal government, and with non-Federal stakeholders. Dozens of studies have identified the need for better geospatial coordination and utilization, but this is the first legislative effort in years to actually put some of these studies' recommendations into place. Even if some disagree with some particular provision in the bill, Mr. Lamborn should be commended for his leadership," said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello