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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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POB Magzine: The Business of MAPPS - PODCAST

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2011
From POB Magazine:

April 4, 2011

The world of professional associations is becoming increasingly complex. How can you choose which organizations are the best fit for you and your firm? A new podcast series goes behind the scenes with the executive directors to help you navigate the labyrinth. In this episode, POB talks to John Palatiello, executive director of MAPPS, who explains why the organization is described as focusing on "the business of maps."

Listen to the Full Podcast: Association Series, Episode 1 - The Business of MAPPS

Tags:  MAPPS  POB  Podcast 

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