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Federal Geographic Data Committee Update. Karen Siderelis/Ivan DeLoatch NGAC Meeting May 12, 2009. Topics. Karen Siderelis: Transition Update FGDC Executive Committee Activities Imagery for the Nation Update Ivan DeLoatch: Recovery.gov Geospatial Line of Business

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federal geographic data committee update

Federal Geographic Data Committee Update

Karen Siderelis/Ivan DeLoatch

NGAC Meeting

May 12, 2009


Karen Siderelis:

  • Transition Update
  • FGDC Executive Committee Activities
  • Imagery for the Nation Update

Ivan DeLoatch:

  • Recovery.gov
  • Geospatial Line of Business
  • NGAC Membership – Terms/Appointments
  • Federal CIO – Vivek Kundra (OMB)
  • Federal CTO – Aneesh Chopra (OSTP)
  • DOI Secretary – Ken Salazar (confirmed)
  • DOI Deputy Secretary – David Hayes (nominated, not confirmed)
  • DOI Assistant Secretary, Policy, Management and Budget – Rhea Suh (nominated, not confirmed)
  • Senior Agency Officials for Geospatial Information (SAOGIs) – some career officials, some political appointees not yet in place
fgdc executive committee
FGDC Executive Committee
  • Karen Siderelis (DOI) – Acting Chair
  • Mike Howell (OMB) – Acting Vice-Chair
  • Dan Cotter (DHS)
  • Chuck Gay (NASA)
  • Jerry Johnston (EPA)
  • Joe Klimavicz (Commerce)
  • Stephen Lowe (USDA)
  • Steve Wallach (DOD)
executive committee offsite meeting april 15 16
Executive Committee Offsite Meeting - April 15-16
  • National Geospatial Policy/Strategy
  • FGDC Governance and Communication
  • Economic Recovery
  • Data Issues
national geospatial policy strategy
National Geospatial Policy/Strategy
  • GOAL:
    • Develop a common view and a plan
    • Executive Committee will sponsor formulation of a National Geospatial Policy/Strategy and seek needed political support
    • Create Executive Summary with key messages on the National Geospatial Policy proposal
    • Identify strategies to use social media approaches to inform development of National Geospatial Policy
    • Develop initial concept for Shared Infrastructure
fgdc governance and communication
FGDC Governance and Communication
  • GOAL:
    • Discuss options for enhancement and improvement
    • Enhance coordination between FGDC Executive Committee and Coordination Group – schedule joint meeting (June)
    • Establish FGDC collaboration site
      • Support work areas for all FGDC initiatives
      • Provide better access to materials/minutes
    • Other SAOGIs (principals only) welcome to attend ExCom meetings
economic recovery
Economic Recovery
  • GOAL:
    • Develop a common view of priorities
    • Endorsed in concept a set of criteria for assessing proposals
    • Identified priorities for any future stimulus funding opportunity (Imagery, Elevation, Parcel Data, Infrastructure)
    • Embraced these priorities as a “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” to create a National GIS regardless of future recovery funding
data issues
Data Issues
  • Alaska Elevation
    • GOAL: Develop data acquisition options
    • ACTION: Steve Wallach will make site visit to Alaska and report back to Executive Committee
    • ACTION: Executive Committee Members will reach out within respective agencies to query for interest and potential funding
  • IFTN
    • GOAL: Identify tangible next steps
    • AGREEMENT: Considerable progress has been made and there are elements of draft plan that can be implemented now
    • ACTION: Schedule Joint IFTN Champions & Chairs Meeting to discuss and resolve outstanding IFTN policy issues; possibly include a “listening session”
imagery for the nation

Imagery for the Nation

NGAC Update

May 12, 2009

iftn policy issues
IFTN Policy Issues
  • Contracting Strategy
    • Finalize short and long-term strategies including options for integrated contracting approach; joint program office; and engaging private industry creatively
  • Federal Requirements
    • Define processes and criteria for prioritizing requirements that retain flexibility to meet evolving needs and avoid acquiring data by default
  • Directions for High Resolution Data
    • Confirm plan for 6 inch program
  • Governance
    • Identify next steps vis-à-vis NDOP
  • Hosting Infrastructure
    • Review and evaluate work group recommendations
  • Funding Strategy
    • Review and evaluate work group recommendations
georecovery gov
  • Supporting the development of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) website - Recovery.gov
  • Ensuring transparency and accountability
  • GeoRecovery.gov Team
    • Initially organized to support OMB/GSA
    • Will transition to support the Recovery Act Transparency Board (RATB)
    • Drawn from FGDC member agencies
georecovery gov team
FGDC member agencies


Providing geo-enabling guidance to Recovery.gov developers

Support to the FGDC representative on the development team

GeoRecovery.gov Team
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GeoRecovery.gov Team
  • Four main tasks
    • Define geospatial data feed requirements
    • Define how data will be geospatially represented in Recovery.gov and incorporate into architecture and guidance documents
    • Define 1st tier common rendering between Recovery.gov and agency recovery sites and provide associated guidance
    • Prepare best practices for agencies to leverage in their implementations
georecovery gov activities
GeoRecovery.gov Activities
  • Two user-oriented use cases were submitted to the development team 4/30/09
  • Prototype interfaces and functions are being analyzed
    • Ingesting of Recovery.gov sample data feeds
    • Analysis of data feed content vs. expected analysis functions
  • Developing a guidance document based on high-level process flow steps
    • Parallels architecture document approach
    • Focuses on the capture, coding, flow, validation, reporting, rendering of geospatial information
    • Does not attempt to address broader Recovery.gov reporting issues, such as financial roll-ups
georecovery gov next steps
GeoRecovery.gov Next Steps
  • Continue discussion and prototyping with the developers to refine use cases, data feeds, functions
  • Further develop the geospatial guidance document focusing on standard methods for populating/reporting geospatial information through data feeds
  • Work with the development team on folding geospatial guidance into the Recovery.gov guidance and architecture documents
geospatial line of business
Geospatial Line of Business
  • Geospatial SmartBUY
    • GSA issued Amendment #5 -- new closing date is May 13
    • Technical Evaluation Board has developed the evaluation process with GSA for determining vendor selection
    • Expected award time – Summer 2009
  • A-16 Guidance
    • Approved by FGDC Steering Committee
    • Under final (legal) review at OMB
  • FEA Geospatial Profile v2.0
    • Working through final approval process including comment adjudication
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Geospatial Line of Business
  • Lifecycle Management
    • Refining lifecycle phases and completing best practices for each of the seven phases
    • Testing " Nationally Significant" principles against current data themes
    • Developing annual theme reporting guidance based on lifecycle phases and maturity model
  • Grants Guidance
    • Activity is pending Federal Register notification and additional research in conjunction with the Grants Policy Committee
ngac terms appointments
NGAC Terms/Appointments

Current Appointments

  • Initial NGAC appointments – January 2008
  • Over 100 nominations received
  • Interagency panel reviewed nominations and provided recommendations to DOI Secretary
  • Appointments made by Secretary of the Interior
  • Appointments under current Charter:
    • Initial appointments for two and three year terms
    • All subsequent appointments for two years
    • Result – staggered two-year terms, with half of committee turning over each year
ngac terms appointments1
NGAC Terms/Appointments

Committee Balance:

  • 28 Committee Members
    • 14 non-governmental members (10 Private Sector, 2 Non-Profit, 2 Academic)
    • 14 governmental members (5 State, 3 County, 3 Local/Regional, 2 Federal, 1 Tribal)
2009 nominations appointments
2009 Nominations/Appointments
  • Nomination process will be open to all applicants
  • Current members may reapply
  • All applicants will be evaluated by interagency panel using common criteria
  • Recommendations will be provided to DOI Secretary
  • DOI Secretary will make final appointment decisions
  • NGAC Charter must be updated every 2 years – current charter will be updated by January 2010
ngac review criteria 2007
NGAC Review Criteria (2007)

General Criteria:

Committee membership should reflect a balanced representation of the viewpoints of the diverse interests involved in national geospatial activities and the development of the NSDI

Committee membership should reflect geographic balance and experience with multiple sectors of the geospatial community

Specific Criteria:

Members should effectively represent a constituency or community of interest

Members should have a record of significant accomplishment and be recognized and respected within their fields

Members should be able to speak authoritatively on geospatial matters and communicate complex issues to a broad audience in a simple manner

Members should have a collaborative, consensus-building approach

draft schedule
Draft Schedule
  • June 2009: Call for Nominations (45 days)
  • July: Compilation/analysis of nominations
  • August: Interagency Review Panel – rating/ranking of nominees
  • September: Review Panel recommendations submitted to DOI Office of the Secretary
  • October: Appointment package (with updated Charter) submitted to Office of Secretary
  • December: Appointments & Charter approved/signed
  • Jan 28, 2010: New appointments take effect

(Note – DOI is reviewing internal FACA appointment process. NGAC process could be revised based upon review)

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