Reston, US: Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) praised a bill, Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (“FLAIR”) Act, H.R. 1620. Recently, it was introduced by U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rob Bishop (R-UT), and four other bipartisan cosponsors.
The bill aims to develop a current and accurate Federal cadastre to inventory all Federal real property. An accurate inventory of land owned by the Federal government has been recommended by the Government Accountability Office and the National Academy of Sciences. The FLAIR Act implements these recommendations, as well as calls for an inventory of existing inventories to eliminate duplication and save tax dollars. In testimony before Congress, then-Secretary of the Interior Gail Norton said the Interior Department alone operates more than 100 different property management systems.
MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello expressed deep appreciation for the leadership of Representative Kind and Bishop. “Mr. Kind and Mr. Bishop have been working in a bipartisan manner to introduce this important Federal legislation. MAPPS commends Congressmen Kind and Bishop and looks forward to working with them to enact the FLAIR Act,” Palatiello said.
“The bill would establish a multi-purpose cadastre or an interoperable parcel based geographic information system. This is a prime example of an opportunity to ‘map it once, use it many times’,” Palatiello said.
Previous introductions of the FLAIR Act have earned the support of organisations including the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). A Senate companion to H.R. 1620 is expected to be introduced later this Congress.