US: Mapps has welcomed the Federal government's recently passed legislation that will make it possible to have an accurate and current inventory of the land it owns.
The Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act sponsored by Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rob Bishop (R-UT), was approved unanimously for full House action.
The bill identifies the use of modern GIS to more accurately collect and integrate data on real property owned by the Federal government. A large number of inventories currently maintained by Federal agencies are not geographically- enabled, interoperable or user-friendly.
"Many states have identified properties that are candidates for disposal or properties government simply did not know it owned by auditing their inventories and creating a single management system using GIS," said Susan Marlow, MAPPS President-Elect and Chair of a MAPPS cadastre task force. Mapps or Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) is the only national association of firms in the surveying, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States.
The bill also includes an "inventory of inventories," to help identify and eliminate duplicate, wasteful activities. It will presents all agencies owning federal real estate a better accounting of their land assets.