Interior Department Seeks Nominations for National Geospatial Advisory Committee

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on July 9 that the Interior Department is seeking nominations for appointment to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). 

Nominations for appointment to the NGAC should be submitted electronically to  by August 24, 2010.  Nominations may be submitted on behalf of others, or individuals may self-nominate.  Nominations should include: 

  1. A nomination letter summarizing the nominee’s qualifications and interest in Committee membership and describing the nominee’s ability to represent a stakeholder group.
  2. A biographical sketch, resume, or vita.
  3. One letter of reference and a list of two additional references with contact information.
  4. Contact information for the nominee (name, title, organization, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number).

Nomination materials and letters of reference may be addressed to "NGAC Review Panel".  Please do not submit additional references or letters of recommendation, as they will not be considered by the review panel.  Final decisions on appointments to the committee will be made by the Secretary of the Interior. 

The NGAC provides advice and recommendations on Federal geospatial policy and management issues and provides a forum to convey views representative of partners in the geospatial community.  The NGAC was established by the Department of the Interior on behalf of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). 

The NGAC includes 25-30 members, selected to generally achieve a balanced representation of the viewpoints of the various partners involved in national geospatial activities.  NGAC members are appointed for staggered terms, and approximately one-half of the positions on the committee will be appointed during this round of appointments. The Obama Administration prohibits individuals who are currently federally registered lobbyists to serve on all FACA and non-FACA boards, committees or councils.

The NGAC Charter includes additional information about the NGAC’s roles and responsibilities.



For additional information or questions, please contact John Mahoney (jmahoney [at], 206-220-4621)