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Department of the Interior Appoints 14 Members to National Geospatial Advisory Committee

January 9, 2017

The Department of the Interior has appointed 14 individuals to serve as members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), which provides advice and recommendations on federal geospatial policy and management issues and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI promotes sharing of geospatial data across all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and the academic community.

The Department has also reappointed the Chair and Vice-Chair of the NGAC. Julie Sweetkind-Singer, the NGAC Chair, is the Assistant Director of Geospatial and Cartographic Services; and Head Librarian of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections at Stanford University.  Keith Masback, the NGAC Vice-Chair, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

The NGAC includes up to 30 members, selected to achieve a balanced representation of the varied interests associated with geospatial programs and technology. NGAC members are appointed to serve staggered terms on the committee. The 2017 appointees to three-year terms on the NGAC are:

  • Mr. Gar Clarke, State of New Mexico
  • Mr. Garet Couch, National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center
  • Ms. Patricia Cummens, ESRI (reappointed to a second term)
  • Mr. Stuart Davis, State of Ohio
  • Ms. Roberta Lenczowski, Roberta E. Lenczowski Consulting
  • Mr. Keith Masback, U. S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (reappointed to a second term)
  • Mr. Kevin Pomfret, Centre for Spatial Law and Policy (reappointed to a second term)
  • Major General William N. Reddel III, New Hampshire National Guard (reappointed to a second term)
  • Ms. Rebecca Somers, Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants
  • Mr. Cy Smith, State of Oregon
  • Ms. Jennie Stapp, State of Montana
  • Ms. Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Stanford University (reappointed to a second term)
  • Dr. Harvey Thorleifson, State of Minnesota (reappointed to a second term)
  • Mr. Jason Warzinik, Boone County, Missouri (reappointed to a second term)

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 was created under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, enacted by Congress in 1972 to ensure that advice rendered to the executive branch by advisory committees, task forces, boards, and commissions formed by Congress and the President, be both objective and accessible to the public. The Act formalized a process for establishing, operating, overseeing, and terminating these advisory bodies.

Additional information about the NGAC, including a complete list of the 28 committee members, is available at www.fgdc.gov/ngac.

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Interior Department Appoints New Members and Leadership to National Geospatial Advisory Committee

February 26, 2016

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has appointed a new Chair and Vice Chair and 14 new and continuing members to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), which provides recommendations to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), the interagency executive group responsible for providing leadership and direction in federal geospatial programs. 

Julie Sweetkind-Singer, the new NGAC Chair, is a leader in the geospatial library and information management community, serving as the Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data; and Head Librarian of the Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections at Stanford University. Sweetkind-Singer has served as NGAC Vice-Chair for the past year.

Keith Masback, the new vice-chair, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. Before serving in this role, he was an officer in the U.S. Army and a senior executive in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 

"We are honored to have these accomplished geospatial professionals as leaders and members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee,” said Jennifer Gimbel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science, who serves as Chair of the FGDC Steering Committee. “The NGAC has been a valuable resource and an excellent partner for the Federal geospatial community, and has provided thoughtful advice and recommendations on a wide range of geospatial policy and management issues. Geospatial data and technology are essential for Federal agencies and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with this distinguished set of leaders.” 

The NGAC includes up to 30 members, selected to achieve a balanced representation of the varied interests associated with geospatial programs and technology. NGAC members are appointed to serve staggered terms on the committee. The appointees to three-year terms on the NGAC are: 

  • Mr. David Alexander, Department of Homeland Security 
  • Mr. Frank Avila, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 
  • Dr. Sarah Battersby, Tableau Software 
  • Mr. Talbot Brooks, Delta State University (reappointed to a second term)
  • Mr. Matt Gentile, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services (reappointed to a second term) 
  • Mr. Frank Harjo, Muscogee (Creek) Nation (reappointed to a second term) 
  • Mr. Xavier Irias, East Bay Municipal Utility District
  • Mr. Roger Mitchell, MDA Information Systems, Inc. (reappointed to a second term) 
  • Ms. Rebecca Moore, Google, Inc. 
  • Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Hunter College, City University of New York 
  • Dr. Carl Reed, Carl Reed and Associates, LLC 
  • Ms. Amber Reynolds, City of Topeka, Kansas 
  • Dr. Douglas Richardson, American Association of Geographers (reappointed to a second term) 
  • Dr. May Yuan, University of Texas – Dallas 

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 was created under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, enacted by Congress in 1972 to ensure that advice rendered to the executive branch by advisory committees, task forces, boards, and commissions formed by Congress and the President, be both objective and accessible to the public. The Act formalized a process for establishing, operating, overseeing, and terminating these advisory bodies. 

Additional information about the NGAC, including a complete list of the committee members, is available at www.fgdc.gov/ngac.

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FGDC Seeks Nominations for National Geospatial Advisory Committee

The Department of Interior and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) announced on June 8 that they are seeking nominations for appointment to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC).  Nominations received through this call for nominations may be used to fill vacancies on the NGAC that will become available in 2015 and 2016.  

Nominations for appointment to the NGAC should be submitted electronically to ngacnominations@fgdc.gov by July 17, 2015. Nominations may come from employers, associations, professional organizations, or other geospatial organizations.  Nominations should include a resume providing an adequate description of the nominee’s qualifications, including information that would enable the Department of the Interior to make an informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the Committee and permit the Department of the Interior to contact a potential member.  Nominees are strongly encouraged to include supporting letters from constituents, trade associations, alliances, and/or other organizations that indicate the support by a meaningful constituency for the nominee. 

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 up to 30 members, selected to generally achieve a balanced representation of the viewpoints of the various types of entities involved in national geospatial activities, including all levels of government, nonprofits, academia and the private sector.  NGAC members are appointed for staggered terms.  Final decisions on appointments to the committee will be made by the Secretary of the Interior.  Individuals who are Federally registered lobbyists are ineligible to serve on all FACA and non-FACA boards, committees, or councils in an individual capacity. The term "individual capacity" refers to individuals who are appointed to exercise their own individual best judgment on behalf of the government, such as when they are designated Special Government Employees, rather than being appointed to represent a particular interest. 

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


Resources


NGAC Nominations Webinar

The FGDC held a webinar briefing on June 25, 2015 to provide information about the nomination and appointments process. The briefing presentation is posted here:


 Contact

  • For additional information or questions, please contact John Mahoney (jmahoney [at] usgs.gov, 206-220-2621)
 
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Interior Department Appoints 17 Members to National Geospatial Advisory Committee

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FGDC Seeks Nominations for National Geospatial Advisory Committee

The Department of Interior and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) announced on July 8 that they are seeking nominations for appointment to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC).  

Nominations for appointment to the NGAC should be submitted electronically to ngacnominations@fgdc.gov  by August 12, 2013.  Nominations may come from employers, associations, professional organizations, or other geospatial organizations. Nominations should include a resume providing an adequate description of the nominee’s qualifications, including information that would enable the Department of the Interior to make an informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the Committee and permit the Department of the Interior to contact a potential member.  Nominees are strongly encouraged to include supporting letters from constituents, trade associations, alliances, and/or other organizations that indicate the support by a meaningful constituency for the nominee. 

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 up to 30 members, selected to generally achieve a balanced representation of the viewpoints of the various types of entities involved in national geospatial activities, including all levels of government, nonprofits, academia and the private sector.  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.  Final decisions on appointments to the committee will be made by the Secretary of the Interior.  Individuals who are currently federally registered lobbyists are ineligible 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.


Resources


Contact

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

 
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