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September 4 , 2013 National Geospatial Advisory Committee Meeting. Federal Geographic Data Committee Update. Ivan DeLoatch Executive Director, FGDC OS. Topics. GAO Response Actions Update A-16 Supplemental Guidance NGAC Nominations Update FGDC 2013 Annual Report

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September 4, 2013

National Geospatial Advisory Committee Meeting

Federal Geographic Data Committee Update

Ivan DeLoatch

Executive Director, FGDC OS


GAO Response Actions Update

A-16 Supplemental Guidance

NGAC Nominations Update

FGDC 2013 Annual Report

FGDC Standards Activities

NSDI Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP)

Agenda for 9/12/2013 Steering Committee Meeting

GAO Response Actions Update

Contact: Ivan DeLoatch, FGDC OS, [email protected]

“OMB and Agencies Need to Make Coordination a Priority to Reduce Duplication”

GAO issued report GAO-13-94 Nov. 26, 2012

3 Recommendations for FGDC, directed to the Steering Committee

FGDC response was to commit to the execution of 3 actions

Memo from Anne Castle, FGDC Chair to Steering Committee members directed the FGDC’s focus on these 3 actions in 2013

GAO Response Actions Update (cont.)

Action 1)Steering Committee to: Develop a plan with timeframe to facilitate the implementation of OMB’s portfolio management guidance

  • Target Date: FY 2014, Q1

  • Responsible Officials: Adrian Gardner, NASA; Ivan DeLoatch, FGDC OS


  • Memo to agencies sent through the President’s Management Council from Anne Castle, FGDC Chair, June 7, 2013

    • Identify agency Theme Leads/Co-Leads, Theme Executive Champions, and staff to participate in the development and review of the plan

  • Initial draft Implementation Plan outline has been developed

  • Agencies need to identify additional Theme representatives to complete the development of the initial plan

  • Next Theme Lead’s meeting to be scheduled soon to discuss draft plan

  • GAO Response Actions Update (cont.)

    Action 2)Steering Committee to: Develop and implement guidance and timeframe for identifying planned geospatial investments using the Geospatial Platform

    • Target Date: FY 2013, Q4

    • Responsible Officials: Jerry Johnston, DOI


  • Development of the “Marketplace” community on the Geospatial Platform is progressing.

  • The shared Data.gov/Geospatial Platform metadata catalog now supports “planned” tagging for records

  • Capability to visualize geographic data collection areas in development

  • GAO Response Actions Update (cont.)

    Action 3)Steering Committee to: Create and update a strategic plan with timeframe and implement the plan within the established time frame

    • Target Date: FY 2014, Q1

    • Responsible Officials: Dan Cotter, DHS; Ivan DeLoatch FGDC OS


  • Public comment period review of Version 2 closed.

  • Third “leaders forum” held 8/26/13 for input.

  • Primary discussion items at NGAC and Steering Committee meetings.

  • Comments will be addressed and the Final Review Draft (V3) developed in Sept-Oct.

    Further details provided later in today’s meeting.

  • A-16 Portfolio Management Plan

    Laying the Groundwork

    Compared the theme datasets with Data.gov/Geospatial Platform records

    Developing a high level guidance and lessons learned for Theme leads

    Release of Theme Lead’s GeoPlatform community

    Develop data lifecycle maturity guidance

    Theme Leads/dataset managers validate dataset inventory

    Develop dashboard, tools, and theme communities on the Geospatial Platform

    Aligning the Portfolio Implementation Plan with the NSDI Strategic Plan

    Implementation Plan Schedule

    *Plan implementation is supported by Geospatial Platform tools still to be developed. The working draft plan will be revised to align with actual implementation solutions as they are developed.

    A-16 Supplemental Guidance

    Implementation Plan Outline

    • Executive Summary

    • What is a Portfolio

    • Scope of A-16 Portfolio

    • Portfolio Management Approach and Timelines

    • Implementation Processes, Actions, and Products

      • Executive Management of the Portfolio

      • Data Theme Management

      • Data Set Management

    • Metrics

    • Expected Outcomes

    • Tying to National Priorities and Initiatives

    NGAC Nominations Update

    Contact: John Mahoney, FGDC OS, [email protected]

    Read ahead: None


    • 16 of the current 29 NGAC appointments will expire in December 2013

    • 39 nominations received – another strong set of candidates

      Review Panel:

    • Interagency review panel evaluating nominations and developing recommendations to DOI Office of the Secretary


    • August: Nominations period close August 12

    • September: Review panel will meet to evaluate nominations and develop recommendations

    • Sept-Dec: Appointments reviewed/approved/signed

    • December: Announcement of new appointments expected

    2013 FGDC Annual Report

    Contact: Gita Urban-Mathieux, FGDC, [email protected],


    Featured Topic: Geospatial Platform 2.0

    Includes: highlights, success stories, next year’s goals, challenges, overviews of: leadership, structure, National Geospatial Data Assets

    Contributions from across the Federal agencies

    Initial draft is complete, currently in editing and layout

    FGDC Coordination Group will review in October

    Projected completion: mid-December

    Last year’s report available at http://www.fgdc.gov/library/whitepapers-reports/annual%20reports/2012

    FGDC Standards Activities

    FGDC Endorsed Standards in 2013

    Geopolitical Entities, Names, and Codes (GENC) version 1, with concurrent withdrawal of ISO 3166-1:2006 on country codes

    OGC® WaterML 2.0: Part 1- Time series

    ISO 19156:2011, Geographic information - Observations and measurements

    Time-Space-Position Information (TSPI) standard version 2.0

    Wetlands Classification Standard revision

    FGDC Standards Activities (cont.)

    Contact: Julie Binder Maitra, FGDC OS, [email protected],

    (703) 648-4627. www.fgdc.gov/standards

    • 2012-09-24 Next FGDC Standards Working Group meeting.

    • Topics:

      • For recommendation for FGDC endorsement

        • Web Feature Services (WFS) 2.0

        • ISO 639, Codes for the representation of names of languages

        • ISO 80000, Quantities and units

        • Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) 5.1

        • U.S. Government Real Property Asset Data Standard

      • For recommendation for withdrawal: Spatial Data Transfer Standard, all parts

    NSDI Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP)

    • FGDC OS will not be soliciting projects for FY2013 or FY2014.

    • A result of budget reductions and sequestration, the Federal funding portion of this cost-share program is no longer available.

    • Active projects will continue to be supported through their scheduled completions.

    • 2014 would have marked the 20th anniversary of this long-standing collaborative cost-share program between Federal and non-federal partners to advance the nation’s spatial data infrastructure.

    • FGDC OS official announcement is on the FGDC website http://www.fgdc.gov/grants

    Contact: Gita Urban-Mathieux, FGDC, [email protected],


    NSDI Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP)

    • Since 1994, 707 awards representing over $22 million in Federal funding.

    • Matched by over $14 million in funding from State, county, local, and tribal government academia, professional consortiums, non-profit, and private sector organizations.

    • Many repeat awardees represent active NSDI partners.

    • CAP has helped lay the foundation and provide the guidance for advancing the NSDI.

    • Truly national in scope, cooperative agreements were executed by all 50 States, 2 territories, the District of Columbia, 8 tribal governments, and universities in 38 States.

    • Categories adapted regularly to align with priorities and current initiatives – 45 categories to date.

    • Foundational categories were consistently available: standards development, implementation, education, and outreach; metadata, data clearinghouses; and data services.

    • In only the past seven years, over 2,600 persons have been trained in metadata alone; all CAP developed training materials are available online, to all.

    Overview of 9/12 Steering Committee Meeting



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