Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed 13 professionals to serve as members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), which provides recommendations on federal geospatial policy and management issues and advice on development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).

Salazar named Robert Austin, enterprise applications integration manager for Tampa, Fla., to serve as the chairperson of the NGAC. Austin was previously appointed to the committee and served a three-year term.

Others appointed for three years were: Talbot J. Brooks of Delta State University in Mississippi, Keith Clarke of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Steve Coast of Microsoft Corp., David DiSera of EMA, Matthew Gentile of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, Frank Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Michael Jones of Google, Jack H. Maguire of the county of Lexington, S.C., Carolyn J. Merry of Ohio State University, Roger Mitchell of MDA Information Systems Inc., Michele Motsko of the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Douglas Richardson of the Association of American Geographers.

"We are pleased to welcome this distinguished set of new members to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee,” said Anne Castle, assistant secretary of the interior for Water and Science, who serves as chair of the FGDC. “The NGAC’s inclusion of a broad range of perspectives, governmental, tribal, private sector and academic, enables it to provide valuable advice to federal agencies on the most pressing geospatial issues, and helps us make better progress toward our goal of seamless integration and accessibility of geospatial data.”

The NGAC includes up to 30 members, selected to generally achieve a balanced representation of the varied interests associated with geospatial programs and technology. Members of the NGAC report to the chairperson of the Federal Geographic Data Committee, which is the federal interagency executive group responsible for providing leadership and direction in federal geospatial programs. The U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau of the Interior Department, provides support services for the NGAC.