Congress Gets GIS Overview

On June 9, the U.S. House Government Management, Information and Technology Subcommittee will hear from state, local and federal government officials to determine which government regulations and policies should be amended to promote more sharing of geospatial data.

"Mapping Out the Nation" is the working title of the 9:00 a.m. hearing, at which U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt will head a panel of participants in a discussion of the federal government's role in coordinating digital mapping efforts.

Subcommittee chairman Rep. Stephen Horn (R-Calif.) will lead the questioning of the panel, which will include Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer (R); Sue Cameron, commissioner of Tillamook County, Ore.; Terry Bills, managing principal planner, Southern California Association of Governments' Information Services Department; Tom Sweet, Pennsylvania GIS consortium; and Victoria Reinhardt, MetroGIS Policy Board, Twin Cities (Minnesota) Metropolitan.

Vendor participants will include Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI Inc.; Barry Glick, director Navigation Technologies; and Bruce Cahan, president of Urban Logic Inc.

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