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Sponsorships Available for the 2016 Winter Conference.

Sponsorships Available for the 2016 National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference and the 2016 Summer Conference.

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Federal Issues
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Federal Issues

MAPPS tracks a multitude of legislative and regulatory issues that affect the geospatial profession generally and private sector firms in particular. Whether it is language in a proposed bill that has potentially serious negative or unintended consequences that could prohibit/inhibit/keep the profession from functioning, or practices that allow the public sector to gain unfair advantage over the private sector, MAPPS advocates on behalf of its member firms in particular and the profession in general by providing valuable information to decision-makers.

Below are links to the issues of high importance to MAPPS.

Congressional Action

For members of Congress and staff:

  • Do you want to sponsor or cosponsor legislation on the MAPPS agenda?
  • Do you have a question, comment or suggestion regarding MAPPS geospatial legislation?
  • Do you want to create or join a Congressional Geospatial Caucus?

Contact John "JB” Byrd, MAPPS Government Affairs Manager at (703) 787-6996.

MAPPS Members

If your firm is a member of MAPPS:


  • Become familiar with the issues.
  • Contact your elected officials to respectfully urge action on issues impacting the private geospatial marketplace.
  • Participate in the MAPPS Federal Programs Conference held each March in Washington, DC.
  • Contribute to the MAPPS PAC.

Contact John "JB” Byrd, MAPPS Government Affairs Manager at (703) 787-6996.


3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

Aviation Reauthorization

Climate Change

Davis-Bacon Act

Digital Coast

Farm Bill Reauthorization

Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act

Federal Prison Industries Reform (FPI)

Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization (FIRM) Act

Freedom From Government Competition Act (FFGCA)

Government Competition


Health Care GIS

Highway Reauthorization

Hydrographic Services Improvement Act (HSIA)
LiDAR Technology

Making America Prosperous (MAP) Act / Imagery for the Nation (IFTN)

Mapping Pipeline and Underground Infrastructure

Map-It-Once, Use-It-Many-Times (MIO-UIMT) Act


Parcels for the Nation (Mortgage Crisis)


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)


University and Non-profit Competition

Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA)