MAPPS to Testify at Congressional Field Hearing on Federal Geospatial Spending, Duplication and Land
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
VA, – MAPPS (www.mapps.org), the
association of private geospatial firms, will testify before a Congressional
oversight field hearing to advocate for greater coordination of the Federal
government’s geospatial activities, a coordinated effort to inventory the land
the government owns, and a reduction of government duplication of and
competition with the private geospatial profession.
Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director, will testify before the House Subcommittee on Energy and
Mineral Resources of the House Committee on Natural Resources. The hearing is
on Thursday, May 3 at 9:00 AM (MT) at Pikes Peak Regional Building, 2880 International
Circle, Colorado Springs, CO.
hearing "Federal Geospatial Spending, Duplication and Land Inventory
Management” will focus on the Federal government’s reliance on geospatial data,
a need to understand how much of the federal budget is spent on geospatial
activities, and the amount of duplication that exists between agencies and the
private sector. The hearing will concentrate on legislation introduced by Rep. Doug
Lamborn (R-CO), H.R. 4233, Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act, a bill to
enhance the use of gesoapatial data, products, and services and increase the
efficiency of Federal geospatial activities. Witnesses will also testify on the
H.R. 1620, Federal Land Assets Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, a bi-partisan bill
to improve Federal land management by developing a multipurpose cadastre of
Federal real property by eliminating duplicative and out of date land
MAPPS has advocated for the
reorganization of Federal geospatial activities, including governance,
strategic investment in data, structure, and defining the proper roles and
responsibilities of various stakeholders, including government and the private
In 2009, Palatiello testified
at a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Energy and Natural Resources
hearing stating "Bold, decisive action is needed to eliminate the
extraordinary waste, duplication and inefficiency in the Federal government's
geospatial activities, the lack of a strong partnerships in Federal agencies'
relationship with State and Local government, and the insidious extent to which
there continues to be unfair government competition with the private sector”.
Mr. Palatiello as witnesses will be Brian Raber, CMS, GLS, GISP, Vice
President, Merrick & Company (Aurora, CO), a member of the MAPPS Board of
Directors; Leonard Gilroy, Director of Government Reform at the Reason
Foundation; Anu Mittal, Director, Natural and Environment Division, U.S.
Government Accountability Office; Brian Myers, PLS, on behalf of the National
Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and Dr. Steve Jennings, Associate Professor & Acting
Chair, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of
Colorado – Colorado Springs.
Following the hearing, the
Colorado chapter of MAPPS, CO-MAPPS, will hold a quarterly membership meeting
with Rep. Lamborn as the guest speaker. The chapter members will discuss topics
involving the private geospatial community in the State. CO-MAPPS has been
working with Governor John Hickenlooper’s (D) administration on an economic
development initiative focused on leveraging the significant concentration of
geospatial firms in the state.
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, LIDAR, 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.
provides its 160+ 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.