Tomorrow I'm going to try and attend the Geospatial Line of Business session in DC. This is rapidly approaching and rapidly becoming a huge issue with many of the folks I work with in the Agencies. Truly, this could be one of the biggest shakeups in Geobusiness currently going on in Federal governments. Essentially, the intent and implication is consolidation of Geospatial activities across agencies. Agencies which are inefficient or ineffective at supporting an identified Line of Business may find themselves no longer engaged in that Line of Business, to have that work subsumed by a more capable Agency. What is a Line of Business? In most instances, it is a vertical sector of the Agency's business. However, in some instances, it is a horizontal sector, such as Geospatial business.
The intent is in improving efficiency and effectiveness, and in raising the bar to provide geospatial centers of excellence in government. The potential upside of this is improved interoperability and a breaking down of historical stovepipes. The potential downside is that it may rip the guts out of some agencies and introduce a new layer of bureaucratic abstraction.
Care must be taken...
The FBO notification can be found here: http://www2.fbo.gov/spg/GSA/V/VC/GSV06PD00089/listing.html
Some additional supporting documents and items of interest can be found here:
- PowerPoint deck from March 16 Kickoff Meeting
- FGDC Presentation
- GAO Findings on Geospatial Inadequacies
- Congressional Hearing and Testimony on Geospatial Reform
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