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August Action & Advocacy

Posted By John "JB" Byrd, Monday, August 6, 2012

Starting this week, you will have additional opportunities to engage your Member of Congress on legislation important to the geospatial profession. Congress has adjourned for the August recess, and Members of Congress will spend significant time back in their states and districts meeting with constituents, such as you and your employees, over the next 4-5 weeks. With the November elections looming, this recess is an excellent opportunity to meet or reconnect with your respective U.S. Senators and Congressman. Whether you’re hosting your member of Congress for a tour of your headquarters or a related facility, or attending a town hall meeting, or luncheon hosted by a civic group, take a few minutes to discuss issues important to your firm, the profession, and to MAPPS.

This week’s focus will be on the FLAIR Act. The Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, H.R. 1620/S. 1153, authorizes the Department of the Interior to develop and manage a single multipurpose, uniform Federal GIS database to track and account for all Federal Real Property, as called for by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and recommended by the National Academy. This Federal effort helps state and local agencies verify their ongoing efforts to identify what each level of government owns. This will also enable government at all levels to find missing property through a "gap analysis.” Additional mapping and geospatial market opportunities for the private sector will be identified and created as a result of the gap analysis. In addition, work related to the operation of the comprehensive GIS will be available.

Has your member of Congress cosponsored H.R. 1620 or S. 1153?

If so, please thank them for cosponsoring this bill. If not, please ask them to cosponsor utilizing these talking points.

If your member of Congress proves tough to reach this week, then make sure to communicate cosponsorship of the FLAIR Act with their staff either in the district or state, or the Congressional staff based in Washington, DC. When you receive a commitment to cosponsor the FLAIR Act, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach me.

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