Washington, DC, US: The US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appointed 15 individuals to serve as members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). Five amongst 15 have been re-appointed and they are Dick Clark, State of Montana; Jack Dangermond, ESRI; Dr. Jerry Johnston, US Environmental Protection Agency; Anne Hale Miglarese, Booz Allen Hamilton; and Matt O’Connell, GeoEye.
Other ten newly appointed advisors are: Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, University of Mississippi; Laurie Kurilla, Ventura County, CA; Dr. E. Donald McKay, State of Illinois; Dr. Timothy Nyerges, University of Washington; Pat Olson, Aero-Metric, Inc.; Mark Reichardt, Open Geospatial Consortium; Anthony Spicci, State of Missouri; Gary Thompson, State of North Carolina; Gene Trobia, State of Arizona; and David Wyatt, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. All 15 members have been selected to serve for next three years.
The committee provides recommendations on federal geospatial policy and management issues and advice on development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI promotes sharing of geospatial data throughout all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and the academic community.
The NGAC provides a forum to convey views representative of partners in the geospatial community. The members of the NGAC report to the chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), which is the Federal interagency executive group responsible for providing leadership and direction in Federal geospatial programs. The FGDC is chaired by the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary’s designee.
The NGAC meets three to four times per year. The public is invited to comment and make suggestions at all committee meetings, which will be announced by publication in the Federal Register at least 15 days before the meeting date. The US Geological Survey, a bureau of the Department of the Interior, provides support services for the NGAC. The NGAC functions solely as an advisory body.