March 24, 2009 -- A bill to develop a current, accurate Federal cadastre to inventory all Federal real property has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, earning praise from MAPPS (
www.mapps.org), the national association of private geospatial firms.
The Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform ("FLAIR") Act, H.R. 1520, was introduced March 16 by U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rob Bishop (R-UT).
An accurate inventory of land owned by the Federal government has been recommended by the Government Accountability Office and the National Academy of Sciences. The FLAIR Act implements these recommendations, as well as calls for an inventory of current inventories to eliminate duplication and save tax dollars. In testimony before Congress, then-Secretary of the Interior Gail Norton said the Interior Department alone operates more than 100 different property management systems.
MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello expressed deep appreciation for the leadership of Representative Kind and Bishop. "Mr. Kind and Mr. Bishop have been working in a bipartisan manner to introduce this important Federal legislation. MAPPS commends Congressmen Kind and Bishop and looks forward to working with them to enact the FLAIR Act," Palatiello said.
"The bill would establish a multi-purpose cadastre or an interoperable parcel based geographic information system. This is a prime example of an opportunity of 'map it once, use it many times'," Palatiello said.
MAPPS members promoted the FLAIR Act in Congress during the association's annual Federal Programs Conference, held March 17-18 in Washington, DC through meetings with members of Congress and staff and at the 4th Annual Geospatial Technology Exhibition held March 18 on the U.S. Capitol campus. Representatives Sam Farr (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK) have joined the bill as cosponsors.
Previous introductions of the FLAIR Act have earned the support of organizations including the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). A Senate companion to H.R. 1520 is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. Current MAPPS memberships span the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. MAPPS provides its 150+ member firms opportunities for networking and developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education, public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image enhancement.