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