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Interior Department Announces Appointments to National Geospatial Advisory Committee
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WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed 14 individuals to serve as members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC).
The NGAC provides advice and recommendations on federal geospatial policy and management issues as well as 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 U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau of the Department of the Interior, provides support services for the NGAC. The NGAC functions solely as an advisory body.
The NGAC provides advice on the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), which promotes sharing of geospatial data throughout all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors and the academic community. Geospatial data and products, including maps, simulations, and databases, are invaluable tools in the effective management of utility infrastructures, transportation, energy, emergency management and response, natural resource management, climate analysis, disaster recovery, homeland defense, law enforcement, protection planning and other civilian or military strategic issues. The newly appointed members of the NGAC represent the varied interests associated with geospatial programs and technology.
The NGAC was created under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which was enacted by Congress in 1972 to ensure that the advice rendered to the executive branch by advisory committees, task forces, boards, and commissions formed by Congress and the President, will be both objective and accessible to the public.
The new appointees to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee are:
Dr. Robert Austin, City of Tampa, FL
Ms. Sophia Beym, State of New Mexico
Mr. Michael Byrne, State of California
Dr. David Cowen, University of South Carolina
Mr. David DiSera, First Insurance Company of Hawaii
Ms. Kass Green, Kass Green & Associates
Hon. Randy Johnson, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Mr. Barney Krucoff, District of Columbia
Dr. Xavier Lopez, Oracle USA
Ms. Kimberly Nelson, Microsoft Corporation
Brigadier General Jack Pellicci, USA, Ret., Intergraph Corporation
Ms. Cynthia Salas, CenterPoint Energy
Mr. Eugene Schiller, Southwest Florida Water Management District
Mr. Steve Wallach, U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Additional information about the NGAC, including a complete list of the 28 committee members, is available at www.fgdc.gov/ngac.