– The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) recently endorsed URISA’s Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM) as a framework that identifies key managerial skills and subject knowledge required by the geospatial industry. The GMCM addresses the top tier of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) pyramid adopted by DOLETA in 2010. Geospatial competency models serve as resources for the development of academic curricula, requisite skills and knowledge for professional job descriptions, and core skills and knowledge required for industry certification. Professionals can utilize competency models to assess their skills and subject knowledge as part of a self-improvement process to remain competitive in the labor market. Chaired by URISA Board Member David DiBiase, URISA’s GMCM task force included 18 contributors working on draft versions over the course of one year to achieve endorsement by DOLETA. Bruce Stauffer, Vice President of geographIT, served as a volunteer on the GMCM task force. The task force met during URISA’s GIS-Pro 2011 Conference in Indianapolis to develop a draft framework and preliminary content for the GMCM. Subsequent to the conference, task force members continued to contribute content and revise drafts until it was released for public review and comment in the spring of 2012. URISA’s press release about the GMCM is available on-line at http://www.urisa.org/gmcm_press.