MAPPS Praises Insourcing Moratorium Amendment to House Defense Bill
Friday, May 27, 2011
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
Reston, VA - MAPPS, the national association of private sector geospatial
firms, praised the adoption of an amendment in the U.S. House of
Representatives this week that placed a moratorium on insourcing of
commercial activities in the Department of Defense.
to H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), was
sponsored by Representative Nan Hayworth (R-NY) and cosponsored by
Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX). It was included in a managers
amendment by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA).
In describing her amendment, Rep. Hayworth explicitly named
mapping services as commercially available and should not be "insourced"
by Federal agencies. Hayworth said, "This is meant to address a problem
that I have first-hand knowledge of from my district: insourcing. This
is when the Department of Defense has added positions "in house" that
are commercial in nature, such as food services, mapping, and
audio-visual services. The result is often higher costs, lower quality,
and less support for local businesses."
The amendment establishes a "sense of the Congress" moratorium on
the "insourcing" of commercial activities - the conversion of work
currently performed by private sector contractor firms to performance by
Federal government employees.
"Private geospatial mapping firms have been affected by the
insourcing initiative by this Administration. We've seen mapping, GIS
and remote sensing contracts insourced by the Navy, Air Force and
Agriculture Department. This legislation would eliminate the competition
with the private sector that invests millions of dollars in equipment
and creates hundreds of thousands jobs," said John Palatiello, MAPPS
Executive Director. "We commend the leadership of Reps. Hayworth and
Sessions, and Chairman McKeon. We look forward to working with the
Senate to enact this legislation, and to lessen the impact adverse
government policies, such as insourcing, are having on private sector
job creation, including in small business."
MAPPS sent a letter
to Rep. Hayworth in support of her moratorium amendment. More than 10
percent of the MAPPS member firms have experienced the loss of contracts
with various defense and civil agencies through insourcing, according
to the semi-annual MAPPS economic survey. The membership has also
experienced employee poaching, whereby Federal agencies cancel
contracts, bring the work in-house, and go behind the back of a small
business owner to lure workers away from private practice to Federal
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively
comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and
geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS
membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community,
including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing,
surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, mobile mapping, LIDAR,
building information models (BIM), 3D mapping, hydrography, bathymetry,
charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data
collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member
Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products
and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other
firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole
proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or
provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.
MAPPS provides its 180+ member firms opportunities for
networking and developing business-to-business relationships,
information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth,
and professional development and image enhancement.
For more information on MAPPS, please visit www.MAPPS.org