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MAPPS to Host Member-Guest Lunch in San Diego, July 24

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Thursday, July 5, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Attending the Esri Users Conference in San Diego later this month? Join your MAPPS colleagues at a special luncheon Tuesday, July 24 at 12:00 Noon at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, 660 K Street, just a few steps from the Convention Center.

Our guest speakers will be Kevin Gallagher, Associate Director for Core Science, USGS, and Jerry Johnston, the new Geospatial Information Officer (GIO) for the Department of the Interior.

USGS is developing a national elevation program, known as "3DEP" (3-dimentional elevation program). In addition, the USGS is also proposing a "Contracting as a Service" (CaaS) feature for the Geospatial Platform.

Join us to learn about the business opportunities that these new USGS programs may present and other news and developments. And, network with your MAPPS colleagues attending the Esri Users Conference.

This is a member-guest luncheon. MAPPS members should register themselves ($65) and the principal, owner, partner, or senior executive professional of a private firms that is NOT currently a MAPPS member firm as a guest for FREE to help recruit a new member to MAPPS and build our profession and organization.

 

For questions, please contact Nick Palatiello, Assistant Executive Director for External Affairs at nick@mapps.org or 703-787-6996.

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MAPPS Re-Open After DC Storms

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Monday, July 2, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Update - Tuesday, June 3

5:00 PM - The MAPPS Offices will be closed tomorrow, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. We hope everyone has a safe Independence Day!

2:30 PM - Power has been restored at the MAPPS office. Staff will be available this afternoon. Please be aware there could be loss in power as crews continue to provide service to the DC area. We appreciate your patience during this time. 


9:00 AM - The MAPPS office are still without power. Email is still the best form of communication as some cell phone service has been interrupted over the last 24 hours.

 

Original Post - June 2, 2012

The flash storm that hit the Washington, DC area on Friday night has left the MAPPS office in Reston, VA without power. As of Monday morning the office is without power including phone and internet.  The best way to reach staff is via email today as staff whose power has been restored will be working from home. Please stay tuned to the MAPPS blog, Twitter and Facebook for updates.

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UPDATE- Congress Passes 2-year Highway Bill

Posted By Katie Bell, Friday, June 29, 2012
Updated: Monday, July 2, 2012

UPDATE:

The Highway Bill was passed by the House (373-52) and Senate (74-19) on Friday, June 29. MAPPS will provide an update on what this means for the geospatial profession shortly. 


Your immediate action is needed. Congress, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, will vote as early as today on the Highway Bill Reauthorization. Text of the conference report is found here.

The two-year highway bill reauthorizes and fully funds the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), the federal funding source for transportation infrastructure projects like roads, highways, bridges, and mass transit. The bill is also an investment in good-paying American jobs, the critical infrastructure investments supported by the bill create or support more than a million jobs, ensure safety and mobility, reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality all across the country. The bill is fully paid-for, and it reduces the deficit over the ten-year budget window. This bill, which will not require any new taxes, and is absent of earmarks, is a positive step and Congress needs to hear from you.

Please contact your Congressman and both U.S. Senators NOW and tell them to vote "YES” on the Highway and Transit Conference Report TODAY.

To locate your Congressman and/or both U.S. Senators, click here. Then, call (202) 225-3121 for the Capitol switchboard.

Thank you for your quick action TODAY.

If you have any questions, contact John "JB" Byrd.

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Interior Department Seeks Nominations for National Geospatial Advisory Committee

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Update:

The nomination deadline is this Thursday, July 19. Any MAPPS member submitting an application who also wishes an endorsement from MAPPS should contact staff immediately at 703-787-6996.

 

The Department of Interior announced on June 4 that it is seeking nominations for appointment to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC).  

Nominations for appointment to the NGAC should be submitted electronically to ngacnominations@fgdc.gov by July 19, 2012. Nominations may come from employers, associations, professional organizations, or other geospatial organizations and should include: 

  • A nomination letter summarizing the nominee's qualifications and interest in NGAC membership and describing the nominee's ability to represent a sector or stakeholder group.
  • A biographical sketch, resume, or vita. 
  • One letter of reference and the names and contact information of two additional references. 
  • Contact information for the nominee (name, title, organization, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number).

Please do not submit additional references or letters of recommendation, as they will not be considered by the review panel. Final decisions on appointments to the committee will be made by the Secretary of the Interior.  

The NGAC provides advice and recommendations on Federal geospatial policy and management issues and provides a forum to convey views representative of partners in the geospatial community.  The NGAC was established by the Department of the Interior on behalf of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).  

The NGAC includes up to 30 members, selected to generally achieve a balanced representation of the viewpoints of the various types of entities involved in national geospatial activities, including all levels of government, nonprofits, academia and the private sector.  NGAC members are appointed for staggered terms, and approximately 10 positions on the committee will be appointed during this round of appointments. Individuals who are currently federally registered lobbyists are ineligible to serve on all FACA and non-FACA boards, committees or councils.

The NGAC Charter includes additional information about the NGAC’s roles and responsibilities.

Additional information about the nomination process is posted on the NGAC web page at www/fgdc.gov/ngac


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Deadlines Are Approaching for MAPPS Summer Meeting Registration

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 14, 2012
Time is running out to qualify for the regular registration rate for the MAPPS Summer Conference July 10-14 in Snowmass, CO. Registration rates will increase on June 18. Please log onto the MAPPS website with your username and password and register now in order to receive the member rate of $970 for principals and $406 for spouse/guest.

Don't forget to secure your room at the Viceroy Snowmass Resort at a special MAPPS rate. Reservations must be made by close of business June 17 to avoid higher fees.

MAPPS is offering a special membership promotion for firms that have never participated in the association. MAPPS invites principals of firms to attend the Summer Conference at the non-member rate, but if the firm joins MAPPS prior to the end of the conference on Saturday, July 14, 2012, the firm will be credited with the difference between the member and non-member rate, a 56 percent savings, with the credit applied to the firm's 2012 membership dues in MAPPS.

Membership in MAPPS is by firm. For information about the dues structure, click here.

If your firm would like more information about this promotion or the benefits of membership please contact Nick Palatiello, Assistant Executive Director for External Affairs at nick@mapps.org or 703-787-6996.

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Coffman (CO) Ammendment to H.R. 4310

Posted By Katie Bell, Friday, May 18, 2012

This morning MAPPS hit a roadblock in its fight to end Pentagon Competition with Private Businesses. The U.S. House voted on the Coffman (CO) Amendment (#54) to H.R. 4310, the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The Coffman (CO) Amendment did not pass.  209 votes were cast in favor, 211 votes were cast against it and 11 Representatives did not vote. MAPPS is committed to pursuing pieces of legislation and amendments that significantly limit the federal government's ability to compete with the private sector. Although this is indeed a tough loss, it carries the promise that a significant number of representatives have heard your pleas for a business environment in which the government is no longer your biggest competitor.

To review the vote tally click here.

MAPPS is committed to continue its fight to end government competition in the geospatial profession. If the Coffman amendment had come to pass, it would have reintroduced competition to the contracting of government services and repealed the moratorium on A-76 procedures related to public/private competitions within the Department of Defense.

MAPPS played a vital role in getting this amendment to come to a vote, including being among 24 organizations that co-signed a letter to House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman "Buck McKeon” (CA). The letter called for an end to Pentagon competition with private businesses by advocating the inclusion or removal of certain provisions impacting taxpayers and the private sector.

Tags:  Coffman Amendment 

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MAPPS to Testify on Geospatial Legislation During Field Hearing (Video)

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Thursday, April 26, 2012

Video and content originally posted on GeoDataPoint.com

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 organizational.”


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.

Tags:  Colorado  CO-MAPPS  FLAIR ACT  MAPPS Summer Conference  MIO-UIMT  POB 

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MAPPS to Testify at Congressional Field Hearing in Colorado

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, will hold an oversight and legislative field hearing on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 9:00a.m. (MDT) at Pikes Peak Regional Building in Colorado Springs, CO on Federal Geospatial Spending, Duplication and Land Inventory Management, to include H.R. 4233, the Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act, and H.R. 1620, the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act. MAPPS has been invited to testify.

MAPPS has been advocating for the passage of both Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act and the 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. The obstacles facing the federal government's utilization of geospatial are not technical; they are political and organizational.
 
More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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MAPPS/ASPRS 2012 Specialty Conference, Abstracts Deadline Extended to April 27

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2012

MAPPS/ASPRS 2012 Specialty Conference

Call for Abstracts Extended!

 October 29 – November 1, 2012
Tampa, Florida USA

Click HERE to Submit Your Abstracts Online

 

New Submission Deadline: April 27, 2012

Ground to Cloud (R)Evolution

This significant conference will focus on all aspects of, Cloud to Ground imagery and techniques, with a twist on the Evolution and Revolution that we all are about to experience in this amazing field.

Don’t be left out, join us for a glimpse of the Ground to Cloud (R)Evolution!

Oral Presentations:

Full details of this conference and abstract guidelines may be found at http://www.asprs.org/ Conferences/Presenters- Volunteers/Paper-Presenters. Don't miss this once a year opportunity to share your work with your professional associates and experience the premier conference in your community.

Poster Presentations:

These will also be part of the technical program. Please use the online abstract form to submit your poster presentation. This form and further details can be found at http://www.asprs.org/ Conferences/Presenters- Volunteers/Poster-Presenters.

These presentations are for technical work ONLY and are not intended for commercial displays.

Workshop Presentations:

Anyone interested in proposing a workshop presentation for consideration should contact John Palatiello, MAPPS Workshop Coordinator, at john@mapps.org by April 27, 2012 for instructions.

For complete details about the MAPPS/ASPRS 2012 Specialty Conference, please visit http://www.asprs.org/ Conferences/Tampa-2012/.

Please submit your abstract from a system that has Internet Explorer 5.5 and above or Netscape Navigator 5.X and above. If you are trying with a compatible browser and the browser takes a long time to load without going to the next stage, please close your browser and start a new submission. If you have reached an error page, please send your abstract to asprsmapps2012@asprs.org in a text/MS word file format in the same order as it appears on the abstract submission page.

DON’T WAIT – SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT TODAY.

Submission Deadline: April 27, 2012

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Pennsylvania Assembly Unanimously Passes H.B. 1701, creating a Geospatial Coordination Council

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Wednesday, April 4, 2012

H.B. 1701, a bill to create a geospatial coordination council in Pennsylvania, unanimously (194-0) passed the Pennsylvania House April 2. The bill was introduced by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom). Pennsylvania is one of only three states that does not have a geospatial coordination council.

PA-MAPPS, the first state chapter of MAPPS, has been driving the effort for the creation of a geospatial coordination council since 2007.

H.B. 1701 brings the state agencies, counties, townships, universities and private sector together to provide coordination of geospatial activities in the Commonwealth.

A number of organizations have provided their support and action for the formation of a council through legislation, including:

  • Pennsylvania Mapping and Geographic Information Consortium (PAMAGIC)
  • County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP)
  • PA Chapter of the American Planning Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA)
  • The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education GIS Consortium and Affiliates (PASSHEGIS Consortium and Affiliates)

The bill will now be considered by the Pennsylvania Senate.

Rep. Cutler sent a news release following the passage of the bill.

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