Geospatial Line of Business

Note:  The Geospatial Line of Business was sunset when OMB released the Federal IT Shared Services Strategy in 2012. The Strategy was created to provide Federal CIOs and key stakeholders guidance on the implementation of shared IT services as a key part of their efforts to eliminate waste and duplication and reinvest in innovative mission systems. The strategy covers the spectrum of IT shared service opportunities throughout the Federal Government and promotes the use of existing and new strategic sourcing methods where agencies can combine their buying power for similar IT needs and get lower prices and improved service leverage in the process. Accompanying this strategy is the Common Approach to Federal Enterprise Architecture, which provides agile, standardized methods and tools for designing the next generation of IT resources and shared services that agencies needed to successfully accomplish their missions in the face of tight resources and rising customer needs.

The Geospatial Platform is the Shared Service that evolved from the Geospatial Line of Business.


Graphic showing logos of Agencies participating in the Geospatial Line of Business Initiative

The Geospatial Line of Business (Geo LoB) aims to further refine the opportunities for optimizing and consolidating Federal geospatial-related investments to reduce the cost of government and, at the same time, improve services to citizens. Cross-agency coordination of geospatial activities can identify, consolidate, and reduce or eliminate redundant geospatial investments. Developing the Geo LoB will result in a more coordinated approach to producing, maintaining, and using geospatial data, and will ensure sustainable participation from Federal partners to establish a collaborative model for geospatial-related activities and investments.


The Nation’s interests are served, and the core missions of Federal agencies and their partners are met, through the effective and efficient development, provision and interoperability of geospatial data and services. 

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Productive intergovernmental collaboration for geospatial-related activities and investments across all sectors and levels of government

  • Objective 1.1: To improve governance processes and results in alignment with common geospatial solutions
  • Objective 1.2: To identify, evaluate and implement common geospatial services, processes and best practices
  • Objective 1.3: To enhance coordination among geospatial community stakeholders

Goal 2: Optimized and standardized common geospatial functions, services, and processes which are responsive to customers

  • Objective 2.1: To implement guidance provided through the FEA Geospatial Profile
  • Objective 2.2: To adopt, deploy and promote effective use of geospatial interoperability standards
  • Objective 2.3: To establish a Geo LoB-wide business architecture for common functions associated with geospatial information

Goal 3: Cost efficient acquisition, processing, and access to geospatial data and information.

  • Objective 3.1: To coordinate geospatial requirements and capabilities
  • Objective 3.2: To identify opportunities and consolidate geospatial acquisition activities
  • Objective 3.3: To enhance Geo LoB-wide portfolio management
  • Objective 3.4: To develop and implement geospatial requirements language for Federal grants and contracts

The Geo LoB has served as the organizational umbrella to plan and begin development of the Geospatial Platform and for the execution of  SmartBUY.  


The Geospatial Line of  Business (Geo LoB) was organized around seven  Work Groups. FGDC had been assigned responsibility for these work groups by the OMB.  The Geo LoB Work Groups focused on cross-agency geospatial issues related to geospatial policy, business requirements, and business management processes.  In May 2010, these groups were retired in preparation for standing up the ad-hoc work groups that developed the initial approach and content for the Roadmap for Modernization for the Geospatial Platform.  Learn more about the Geospatial Line of Business Work Groups.  

Geospatial Line of Business Deliverables/Accomplishments

Key Geo LoB Deliverables and Accomplishments (in alphabetical order): 

A full list of Geo LoB deliverables and accomplishments is available in the Resource Center.