MAPPS celebrated its 35th Anniversary by recalling some of its achievements and reflecting on the challenges met by its leaders. In the end, the discussion was as much about the involvement of its members and how the dynamic force of focused leadership and an active membership has kept the organization relevant to the geospatial community.
July 12 – MAPPS formed – Chicago (O’Hare) Marriott. Larry Edwards (Hoskins-Western-Sonderegger, Lincoln, NE) elected first President, Norine Keddal volunteers to be Executive Secretary. Other officers and directors are Jim Spell (Horizons, Inc., Rapid City, SD) Vice President; Gary Stonerock (Stonerock Aerial Surveys Clarkston, MI) Secretary; Robert Keddal (R.M. Keddal & Associates, Library , PA) Treasurer; Lou Rex (The Sidwell Company, West Chicago, IL) Director; and Richard Crouse (Photo Science, Gaithersburg, MD) Director.
Congress passes and President Reagan signs law applying Brooks Act to surveying and mapping services, as one of “Changes in the Application of Existing Law.”
Congress passes and President Reagan signs the “Competition in Contracting Act” defining the Brooks Act as a “competitive procedure”. Senators Cohen (ME) and Percy (IL) engage in floor colloquy stating the Brooks Act applies to surveying and mapping by “all government procuring agencies”.
MAPPS Publishes a Capability Study on each of its member firms. MAPPS tackles incompatibility between NAVFAC’s Computervision and USACE’s Intergraph systems.
MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello publishes a study showing the Federal government has 9,913 employees in surveying and mapping positions, contracts out just $40.9 million annually (4.1 percent of the $1 billion OMB estimates as the annual federal expenditure for surveying and mapping.
Congress passes a highway bill over President Reagan’s veto; the bill includes a provision requiring state DoTs to use the Brooks Act, unless its state legislature has opted-out by enacting its own law for A/E/S/M services.
Congress passes and President Reagan signs a FAA bill that includes a QBS provision and rejects a MAPPS-opposed proposal to limit aircraft access to airport terminal control areas.
MAPPS meets at White House with staff of the Office of Privatization established by President Reagan.
Congress passes and President Reagan signs two separate laws amending the Brooks Act to include surveying and mapping to the definition of services to be covered.
President Reagan releases a 1990 budget before leaving office, says “specific areas where the Government can place greater reliance on private sector providers include … map-making activities”.
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) introduces H.R. 3639, the Surveying and Mapping Cooperative Opportunity Act, to increase the utilization of the private sector, and contract using the Brooks Act by USGS.
MAPPS Hosts its first Capitol Hill lobbying conference.
President Clinton issues Executive Order 12906 creating the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
Congress issues an order in Interior Appropriations bill that USGS “increase its contracting of map and digital data production with a goal of no less than 50 percent contracting by the end of fiscal year 1997 and no less than 60 percent contracting by the end of fiscal year 1999.”
Congress, in the Defense Appropriations bill, orders the Navy to shut down its in-house close-range photogrammetry capability in favor of contracting with the private sector.
Congress, in the Commerce Appropriations bill, orders NOAA to increase use of the private sector for hydrography surveying.
Congress adds a provision in the Foreign Assistance Appropriations bill to require AID to contract with the private sector for surveying and mapping.
Congress passes and President Clinton signs the National Highway System Designation Act that requires the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue guidance to the states to “utilize, to the maximum extent practicable, private sector sources for surveying and mapping services.”
August 31 - GSA concludes “it does not appear there is a business case for offering surveying, mapping, charting and photogrammetric services” under the Federal Supply Schedules.
MAPPS past president Bryan Logan testifies before a join U.S. Senate –House hearing on the Freedom from Government Competition Act.
USGS presents awards to eight MAPPS member firms for outstanding contractor performance.
U.S. House of Representatives committee holds hearing on “Geospatial Information: A Progress Report on Improving Our Nation’s Map-Related Infrastructure”. MAPPS President Mike Ritchie testifies.
MAPPS takes the U.S. Government to court for failing to properly implement legislation and the intent of Congress regarding mapping under the Brooks Act in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
PA-MAPPS, the first MAPPS state chapter, is formed.
First MAPPS Geospatial Excellence Awards competition held.
M.K. Miles of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers receives inaugural MAPPS Public Service Award.
Susan Marlow testifies before House Subcommittee on TARP, emphasizing geospatial technology’s role in government transparency and a parcel system as an early warning system.
Susan Marlow and John Palatiello testify before House Subcommittee on geospatial coordination and governance.
FAR Council reforms retainage rule, as proposed to SBA by MAPPS and COFPAES.
MAPPS begins work with FAA on regulations treating LiDAR as a laser.
MAPPS defeats privacy legislation seeking to regulate “precise geolocation data.”
DHS Issues MAPPS-Initiated “Remote Sensing to Support Incident Management and Homeland Security.”
“Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act”, introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO).
Map It Once, FLAIR Hearing held in Colorado Springs by House Subcommittee chaired by Rep. Lamborn.
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduces of S. 2890, the Digital Coast Act.
Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives pass a bill to create a Geospatial Coordination Council, with PA-MAPPS designated for a seat to represent the private sector.
FLAIR Act approved by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the U.S. Senate.
Released the geospatial profession’s first guideline for best practices on citizen privacy and the collection, storage, use and dissemination of geolocation data.
Secured a $3 million increase in USGS funding for 3DEP and additional 3DEP funds through FEMA. FLAIR Act approved by the U.S. Senate in a comprehensive energy bill.
MAPPS is the only geospatial organization invited to attend and participate in a White House conference on Drones & the Future of Aviation.