The Office of Management & Budget Circular A-16, Coordination of Geographic Information Related Spatial Data Activities
Version/Date: August 19, 2002 revised
The Circular provides direction for federal agencies that produce,
maintain, or use spatial data either directly or indirectly in the
fulfillment of their mission and provides for improvements in the
coordination and use of spatial data. The Circular also describes
effective and economical use and management of spatial data assets in
the digital environment for the benefit of the Federal Government and
the Nation. The Circular establishes a coordinated approach to
electronically develop the National Spatial Data Infrastructure and
establishes the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).
Read online or Download [PDF 1.8MB] OMB Circular A-16 and Supplemental Guidance.
A-16 Supplemental Guidance
Version/Date: OMB Endorsed November 10, 2010
The A-16 Supplemental Guidance further defines and clarifies
elements of OMB Circular A-16 to facilitate the adoption and
implementation of a coordinated and effective Federal geospatial asset
management capability, and will improve support of mission-critical
business requirements of the Federal Government and its
stakeholders. It also provides the foundation for a portfolio
management approach to Nationally Geospatial Data Asset Themes (NGDA
Themes) and their associated National Geospatial Data Asset
A-16 Supplemental Guidance [PDF 0.5MB]
Supplemental Guidance Reference Documents
These reference materials are considered part of the guidance and are updated as needed to reflect on-going Work Group and FGDC Coordination Group efforts. Updates are approved by the Coordination Group and/or the FGDC Steering Committee.
Federal Agency Representation
The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) organizational structure and committee, work group, and subcommittee membership are managed online.
Stakeholder Roles and Responsibilities [PDF
Version/Date: Endorsed December 2008, Revised May 28, 2010This document lays out the roles and responsibilities of National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) Managers and stakeholders. These roles and responsibilities do not supersede or alter in any way the content or intent of roles or responsibilities defined as part of the FGDC Steering Committee charter, or other FGDC charters.
- Process for
Adjusting OMB Circular A-16 Appendix E: NSDI Geospatial Data Theme
Principles [PDF 126KB]
Version/Date: Endorsed December 2008, Released May 28, 2010This document describes the process for identifying, evaluating, and updating the A-16 geospatial themes and establishes a collaborative annual process for their review and update.
- Stages of the
Geospatial Data Lifecycle Pursuant of OMB Circular A-16 Sections
8(E)(D), 8(E)(F), and 8(E)(G) [PDF 359KB]
Version/Date: Endorsed December 2008, Released May 28, 2010This section describes the Geospatial Data Lifecycle stages that agencies should use when developing, managing and reporting on National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) Datasets under the auspices of OMB Circular A–16. The matrix establishes a framework of standard terminology and processes for seven Geospatial Data Lifecycle stages.
of Geospatial Terminology
This document is managed online and provides a common set of geospatially-related terms and concepts to encourage consistent use of terminology to promote a clearer understanding of commonly used terms.