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Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance Endorsed

The Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance [PDF 1.8MB] was “endorsed” by the FGDC Steering Committee in December, 2008 with 21 agencies voting in favor (none opposed) [PDF 41KB].

Circular A–16 Supplemental Guidance provides the foundation for a portfolio management approach to nationally significant geospatial data themes and associated datasets under the auspices of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A–16.  It sets the framework for a lifecycle-based portfolio management and reporting process intended to increase the transparency of the development and maintenance of nationally significant datasets.  It provides a standard lexicon for use in this process.  It offers a decision process for adding, modifying, or deleting specific themes or datasets from Appendix E of OMB Circular A–16 based on alignment with long-term national strategies or goals, specific business requirements, benefits, and costs. We thank the Lifecycle Working Group for this achievement. The product has been transmitted to OMB for final review.

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2009 04:14 PM
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