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The U.S. Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Congress set policy for Federal agencies. The Federal Geographic Data Committee, a Federal interagency coordinating committee, is guided by those policies in the design of programs, activities and technologies. The FGDC sets geospatial information policy in harmony with overall information policy.

The Federal Geographic Data Committee Secretariat engages in on-going strategic planning to ensure continued investment of resources in high value programs, activities and technologies.


A policy is an official plan or course of action intended to influence and determine decisions, actions and other matters. Guidelines denote one or more rules that describe a process.


OMB Circular A-16 assigned to the FGDC the responsibility to prepare and maintain a strategic plan for the development and implementation of the NSDI. The FGDC has completed four strategic plans, with the most recent one in 2013.

Fifty States Initiative 

A current FGDC activity to develop and implement statewide strategic and business plans that facilitate the coordination of programs, policies, and technologies in support of the NSDI.

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2014 11:19 AM
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