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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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federal geographic data committee update

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
GAO Response Actions Update

Contact: Ivan DeLoatch, FGDC OS, ideloatch@fgdc.gov

“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

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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
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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
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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
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

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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.

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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
NGAC Nominations Update

Contact: John Mahoney, FGDC OS, jmahoney@fgdc.gov

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
2013 FGDC Annual Report

Contact: Gita Urban-Mathieux, FGDC, burbanma@fgdc.gov,


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 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

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FGDC Standards Activities (cont.)

Contact: Julie Binder Maitra, FGDC OS, jmaitra@fgdc.gov,

(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
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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, burbanma@fgdc.gov,


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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.