Dick McDonald, CP, PLS, (T3 Global
Strategies, Bridgeville, PA) President of MAPPS, the national association for
private sector geospatial firms, will testify tomorrow, Thursday, June 13
before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans
and Insular Affairs.
Mr. McDonald will testify on H.R. 1399,
a bill to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement (HSIA) Act of 1998,
sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK). HSIA authorizes the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to acquire hydrographic data, provide
hydrographic services, conduct coastal change analyses necessary to ensure safe
navigation along the coastal areas of the United States, and improve the
management of coastal change in the Arctic. The legislation also directs the
Comptroller General (GAO) to compare the cost of NOAA conducting hydrographic
surveys compared to contracting with the private sector.
In relation to H.R. 1399, Mr. McDonald
will discuss the Digital Coast Act, H.R. 1382.
The hearing will take place at 10:00 AM
(EDT) in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill and
will be webcast live on the Committee's website.