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2014 Legislative Issues
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Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has repeatedly (108th-113th Congresses) designated "Managing Federal Real Property" one of the high-risk areas within the Federal government most prone to waste, fraud and abuse. One of the reasons cited by GAO is the fact that the government does not have a current, accurate inventory of the land it owns. The General Services Administration (GSA) collects data from at least 30 Federal agencies, but its system has been criticized by GAO for being "unreliable and of limited usefulness” and "not current or reliable.” On the other hand, the government inefficiently maintains a plethora of land inventories that are inaccurate, out-of-date, single purpose, and non-interoperable.

This inefficiency should not be the case when a single, uniform, reliable, regularly-maintained database is currently available through state-of-the- art geographic information systems (GIS) technology.

House Bill - H.R. 916

Rep. Kind Statement for the Record December 5, 2013
MAPPS Issue Paper 2014
Historic Documents and Resources
Digital Coast Act
More than half of all Americans, 153 million people, currently live on or near a coast and an additional 12 million are expected to move to the coasts over the next decade. Coastal counties average 300 persons per square mile, compared with the national average of 98. In recent years, more than 1,540 permits for construction of single-family homes were issued in coastal counties on a daily basis, combined with other commercial, retail and institutional development to support this population. Yet despite this population density and economic development, much of the 95,000 miles of U.S. shoreline does not have current, accurate maps and geospatial information; moreover, much of what does exist pre-dates the 1970s. Of America’s major ports, harbors and shipping areas, there is a 26,000 square nautical mile backlog that will take some 15 years to accurately update with current maps. Given the feverish pace of coastal growth and development, as well as natural and man-made phenomena that continually alter the characterization of the shoreline, the accuracy, consistency and currency of these coastal areas cannot be assured. Moreover, as Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami demonstrated, the need for spatial data on our coasts is critical to emergency preparedness and emergency response.

House Bill - H.R. 1382

Ruppersberger-Young Letter Requesting Hearing
MAPPS Issue Paper 2014
Historic Documents and resources

Digital Coast Project

Highway Bill (MAP-21) Reauthorization

MAPPS Issue Paper 2014

Freedom From Government Competition Act (FFGCA)
The Federal government has more than 850,000 employees who are involved in performing commercially available activities. These are activities that can be found in the "Yellow Pages” and from private companies, including small business, on Main Street, USA. Surveying, mapping and other "geospatial” services are prime examples of commercial activities in which the Federal government duplicates and competes with the private sector.

MAPPS respectfully urges members of Congress to offer amendments to appropriations bills and authorization legislation calling for utilization of the private sector to the maximum extent practical for geospatial activities. MAPPS opposes limits on the ability of agencies to utilize the private sector and urges members of Congress to reject such provisions. Additionally, Representatives are asked to cosponsor the Freedom from Government Competition Act.

House Bill - H.R. 1072
Senate Bill - S. 523

MAPPS Issue Paper 2014

Historic documents and resources
Unfair University Competition:

MAPPS supports education programs to attract and prepare students for professional careers. The association supports laboratory work to expose students to practical application of the theory and classroom education they receive. We support work-study programs and internships. And we support legitimate research by universities. However, when a college/university engages in offering and performing services that are commercially available from private, for-profit firms, the university is in unfair competition with the private sector.

MAPPS Issue Paper 2014

Historic documents and resources

Accuracy in Academia Editorial - University Competition with Private Enterprise
John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director

MAPPS TMAC Presentation