MAPPS urges support for Geospatial amendment to homeland security bill

MAPPS urges support for Geospatial amendment to homeland security bill

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Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) will be offering an amendment on the floor of the U.S. Senate to create a geospatial information program within the new Department of Homeland Security. The amendment establishes a geospatial entity in the Chief Information Officer, provides responsibility for coordination with other Federal, state and local government and the private sector, requires promotion of interoperability, authorizes grants and data sharing agreements, and authorizes and encourages contracts with the private sector.

An extraordinary opportunity to enhance the homeland security of the United States and at the same time advance the development and application of geospatial data is being proposed in the United States Senate, and we invite and urge the entire geospatial community to support it,” says John Palatiello, Executive Director of MAPPS, a national association of private geospatial firms.

Palatiello urged all firms, agencies, associations, professional societies and individuals in the geospatial community to take actions in support of the Allard amendment.