Federal Agency Report Summary
Out of 13 Agency responses:
- STANDARDS - 100% had developed and/or adopted appropriate standards
- PARTICIPATION - 100% participate in FGDC subcommittees or working groups
- INTEGRATION - 92% had data integrable with other Federal agencies and other sources of data (State, County, local, private).
- E-GOV - 77% are using geospatial information to provide better service through E-Gov.
- METADATA - 69% had metadata available and discoverable online through an NSDI-compatible clearinghouse node registered a part of the NSDI Clearinghouse Network.
- GPRA GOALS - 62% had GPRA strategic plan goals specifically related to spatial data activities.
- STRATEGY - 54% had a strategy for advancing geographic information and spatial data activities in coordination with the FGDC strategy, pursuant to Circular A-16.
- GPRA PERFORMANCE MEASURES - 54% had GPRA performance measures specifically related to spatial data activities.
Areas of Concern included:
- Security issues regarding data pertaining to critical infrastructure.
- Section 508 compliance.
- Lack of resources to enter into data development partnerships.
- Enterprise GIS
- Secondary use issues regarding commercial licensed data.
- Long-term data preservation issues.
- Alternate performance measures needed for long-term data development.
- Need for more incentives for cross-agency cooperation.
- Relationship between geospatial data standards bodies and consortiums.
- Distribution of Federal electronic products should be free.
- Same geospatial data standards should be used by Civil and Military agencies.
- Database standards needed.
- Standards should be developed to address needs of local governments.
- Metadata file naming conventions require standardization.
- New policy must be established regarding land ownership records now available on-line.
- More intergovernmental partnerships are essential.
- Automation of business process and incorporation of geospatial data enables better use of GIS technology.
- FGDC provides an excellent forum for the discussion of technological and collaborative advances in the geospatial field.
- An Agency-level FGDC Coordinating Group overseeing involvement in the FGDC Subcommittees and Working Groups has proved to be successful.