Podcast: Interview with John Palatiello, Executive Director of MAPPS on HR 4233 - ‘Map It Once; Use It Many Times Act’

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In this interview with John Palatiello, executive director of MAPPS, the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors, the focus is on a bill introduced by U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado representing the Fifth District that includes Colorado Springs. Lamborn is the Chairman on the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (http://naturalresources.house.gov/Subcommittees/Subcommittee/?SubcommitteeID=5062).

HR 4233 was introduced on March 21st and some of the elements of that bill offer to:

•    consolidate responsibilities for leadership in a National Geospatial Technology Administration within the U.S. Geological Survey; in order to
•    merge duplicate federal geospatial programs into a new Administration; and one that
•    encourage the uses of commercial data and private sector service providers; In addition its offers to establish a National Geospatial Policy Commission to provide a priority-setting mechanism that not only includes federal agencies, but Congress and non-federal stakeholders as well;

Editor in chief Joe Francica spoke to Mr. Palatiello about the bill, the background on it and what’s next.[MAPPS counts more than 150 member firms and tracks legislative and regulatory issues that affect the geospatial profession.]

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