Interior Department Announces Appointments to National Geospatial Advisory Committee
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed
14 individuals to serve as members of the
National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC).
The NGAC provides advice and recommendations on federal geospatial
policy and management issues as well as a
forum to convey views representative of partners in the geospatial community. The members of the NGAC report to the
chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), which is the Federal interagency executive group responsible
for providing leadership and direction in Federal geospatial programs. The FGDC is chaired by the Secretary of the
Interior or the Secretary’s designee.
The NGAC meets three to four times per year. The public is invited
to comment and make suggestions at all committee
meetings, which will be announced by publication in the Federal Register at least 15 days before the meeting date. The
U.S. Geological Survey, a bureau of the Department of the Interior, provides support services for the NGAC. The
NGAC functions solely as an advisory body.
The NGAC provides advice on the development of the National Spatial
Data Infrastructure (NSDI), which promotes
sharing of geospatial data throughout all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors and the academic
community. Geospatial data and products, including maps, simulations, and databases, are invaluable tools in the
effective management of utility infrastructures, transportation, energy, emergency management and response, natural
resource management, climate analysis, disaster recovery, homeland defense, law enforcement, protection planning
and other civilian or military strategic issues. The newly appointed members of the NGAC represent the varied interests
associated with geospatial programs and technology.
The NGAC was created under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which
was enacted by Congress in 1972 to ensure
that the advice rendered to the executive branch by advisory committees, task forces, boards, and commissions formed
by Congress and the President, will be both objective and accessible to the public.
The new appointees to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee are:
- Dr. Robert Austin, City of Tampa, FL
- Ms. Sophia Beym, State of New Mexico
- Mr. Michael Byrne, State of California
- Dr. David Cowen, University of South Carolina
- Mr. David DiSera, First Insurance Company of Hawaii
- Ms. Kass Green, Kass Green & Associates
- Hon. Randy Johnson, Hennepin County, Minnesota
- Mr. Barney Krucoff, District of Columbia
- Dr. Xavier Lopez, Oracle USA
- Ms. Kimberly Nelson, Microsoft Corporation
- Brigadier General Jack Pellicci, USA, Ret., Intergraph Corporation
- Ms. Cynthia Salas, CenterPoint Energy
- Mr. Eugene Schiller, Southwest Florida Water Management District
- Mr. Steve Wallach, U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Additional information about the NGAC, including a complete list of
the 28 committee members, is available at
Read the official news release here.
Contact: Joan Moody 202-208-6416, John Mahoney 206-220-4621