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MAPPS Minute - UAVs and Upcoming Events

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Friday, March 7, 2014


Check out this week's MAPPS minute to learn about MAPPS activities related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), recent news on the topic and upcoming MAPPS events.

court ruling announced March 6 may have a positive impact on the use small UAS/UAV. The FAA has appealed the decision. MAPPS is engaging stakeholders and partners and will provide education once more information becomes available on what this means for commercial use. MAPPS has recently engaged with the legislatures in Georgia, Iowa, Michigan and Maryland on legislative language regarding UAVs that would be harmful to the profession. 

MAPPS announced this week a Member-Guest breakfast to take place at the ASPRS Annual Conference in Louisville, KY. Members are encouraged to register and bring a prospective member to attend the breakfast. Our guest speaker will be Denise LaDue, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Louisville District, where she is Production Manager for the Inland Electronic Navigational Chart (IENC) initiative.  Ms. LaDue will discuss the Louisville District's surveying and mapping program and the IENC initiative. Register Here.

The early registration deadline is March 14 for the 2014 MAPPS Federal Programs Conference. Save on your registration today! A limited number of hotel rooms still remain in the MAPPS block. The Federal Programs Conference is a Members Only event.

Don't forget to educate yourself on the four issues MAPPS will take to Congress April 2 as part of the Federal Programs Conference. MAPPS will review Government and University Competition and Highway Bill (MAP-21) Reauthorization in the remaining two episodes of the "Legislative Issues" webinar series. 

Tags:  ASPRS  Drones  Federal Programs  Geospatial  UAVs  Unmanned Aircraft Systems  USACE 

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Voice of Geospatial Surveying and Mapping Firms Heard in Congress

Posted By John "JB" Byrd, Thursday, October 31, 2013
On October 23, the House passed H.R. 3080, the "Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013" by a 417-3 vote. MAPPS supported an amendment, sponsored by Reps. Don Young (R-AK) and Tom Petri (R-WI), to increase the Corps of Engineers' reliance on the private sector in surveying and mapping. The Young-Petri Amendment would have authorized the Corps to rely on the private sector for surveying, mapping and geospatial services to the maximum extent practical. MAPPS members contacted their members of Congress and urged the U.S. House of Representatives to vote "Yes" on the Young-Petri Amendment.
 
During floor debate, Reps. Young, Petri, and John J. "Jimmy" Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), three senior members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, spoke passionately in favor of the amendment. Subcommittee Ranking Member Tim Bishop (D-NY) and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) voiced their opposition. Shuster used the term "reluctant opposition". Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) voiced her opposition earlier in the day. Subcommittee Ranking Member Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Committee Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV) did not oppose. Based on opposition to the amendment by Chairman Shuster, a decision was made not to demand a roll call vote. Watch the 10 minute debate from C-SPAN - 4:27:25-4:36:30.

The good news for private sector geospatial firms is that your voice was heard by Congress! In addition, Reps. Young and Petri received letters and messages of support and endorsements for this amendment from MAPPS as well as the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC), Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), American Conservative Union (ACU), Heritage Action, and National Taxpayers Union (NTU). The House Republican Study Committee (RSC) also posted information on the Young-Petri Amendment. Opposing the amendment was the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the Transportation Trades Department (TTD), and the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (IFPTE).
 
The amendment was necessary because MAPPS members have been concerned over the increasing duplication of and competition with the private sector by the Corps of Engineers. Traditionally, the Corps had been one of the leading agencies in the use of the private sector for surveying and mapping services. However, over the last few years, USACE has not lived up to that tradition. Our continuing concern is over the extent to which the Corps is increasingly (1) insourcing work traditionally performed by the private sector, (2) failing to utilize the private sector for a broad range of surveying and mapping activities, and (3) purchasing equipment, including hydro boats and a UAV to support in-house performance of services that are commercially available by contract from the private sector, including small business. MAPPS will continue to advocate the issue to help private sector geospatial surveying and mapping firms.

Tags:  Amendments  Congress  Contracting  Corps  Mapping  Sureveying  USACE  WRRDA 

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MAPPS Minute - Legislative Action Alert!

Posted By John "JB" Byrd, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

MAPPS Legislative Alert - Contact Your Member of Congress and Urge a "Yes" Vote to the Young Amendment on "Surveying and Mapping" to H.R. 3080 the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013

MAPPS members have been concerned over the increasing duplication of and competition with the private sector by the Corps of Engineers, particularly in the field of surveying, mapping and geospatial activities. Learn more.

MAPPS supports an amendment to H.R. 3080 to increase the Corps' reliance on the capable, qualified and efficient private sector in surveying and mapping. MAPPS is pleased to announce that Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) will offer an amendment to H.R. 3080 that would authorize USACE to rely on the private sector for surveying, mapping and geospatial services and activities to the maximum extent practical.
 
Debate and consideration for H.R. 3080 is scheduled to being Wednesday, October 23, contact your Representative today! This action is in the House not the Senate.

Tags:  Insourcing  Mapping  Surveying  USACE  Water Resources  WRRDA 

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MAPPS Minute October 4, 2013

Posted By Nick Palatiello, Friday, October 4, 2013

 

 

We cover a lot in this week's MAPPS "minute"! As announced in the video, MAPPS will host a webinar on Thursday, October 10 with our guests being representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reviewing the draft Geospatial Concept of Operation (CONOPS). Learn more about our involvement with a joint letter to Congress opposing a government shutdown, meetings with USACE, BLM, USGS, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and more!

Tags:  CFPB  Congress  DHS  Exporting  Geospatial  USACE 

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