US: MAPPS, the association of private geospatial firms, will testify at a Congressional hearing to advocate for greater coordination of the Federal government”s geospatial activities, a coordinated effort to inventory the land the government owns, and a reduction of government duplication of and competition with the private geospatial profession. MAPPS President, Jeff Lower will testify before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
The hearing will concentrate on legislation introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), H.R. 1604, the Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act, a Bill to enhance the use of geospatial data, products, and services and increase the efficiency of Federal geospatial activities. Witnesses will also testify on H.R. 916, the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, a bi-partisan bill by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) to improve Federal land management by developing a multipurpose cadastre of Federal real property and eliminating duplicate and out of date land inventories.