The Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act(H.R.
4233) introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) in March 2012, would
streamline federal bureaucracy dealing with geospatial activities. MAPPS,
which advocates passage of the bill, is pleased to see that H.R.
4233 is helping to stimulate a discussion on how to best deploy
geospatial data, services, products and technologies in the Federal
government and with non-federal stakeholders.
To further that discussion, MAPPS will be testifying on the bill in an oversight and legislative field hearing
being held by the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Natural
Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, on Thursday,
May 3, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo. MAPPS will also testify on H.R.
1620, the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act. "These
legislative initiatives, if enacted, would allow the federal government
to have a comprehensive understanding of what agencies are involved in
geospatial activities and what land assets the federal government owns
and operates,” said Nick Pallatiello, assistant executive director for
external affairs. "The obstacles facing the federal government's
utilization of geospatial are not technical; they are political and
In an interview at SPAR International 2012, Palatiello talked about the
Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act. He also addressed other initiatives
currently being pursued by MAPPS, including the formation of new state
chapters and hot topics on the agenda at the MAPPS Summer Conference. Watch the video above to learn more.
Additional details about the field hearing will be posted following the May 3 event.