A-16 NGDA Portfolio Management, according to OMB Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance, is the coordination of Federal geospatial data assets and investments to most efficiently support national priorities and government missions. The data assets are the first component of the NSDI and the standard core set of digital spatial information for the Nation that serve as a foundation for users of geographic information.
Why use Portfolio Management?
Reduces duplication and cost
Provides greater accessibility
Supports shared services across the Federal Government
Offers an accurate and accountable inventory of Federal Geospatial Portfolio assets
Improves government accountability and transparency
Improves data quality through lifecycle evaluations for content quality and fitness for use
Ensures national data are high quality, dependable, consistent, and available to agencies
Increases return on existing geospatial investments by promoting the reuse of data, applications, and tools
NGDA Themes & Datasets
The A–16 National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) Portfolio is organized by NGDA Themes made up of one or more associated NGDA Datasets. Currently, 16 NGDA Themes and more than 177 NGDA Datasets make up the A–16 NGDA Portfolio. NGDA Themes and NGDA Datasets are managed by Theme Leads and Dataset Managers respectively. They use industry-accepted practices to improve management of Themes leading to better outcomes. Data within Themes are made available through the Geospatial Platform.
Coordinates and oversees the strategic planning and implementation of the NGDA Theme
Manages the Annual Report process
Develops funding recommendations
Working with FGDC Coordination Group (CG), identifies dataset development priorities
Chairs the corresponding Thematic Subcommittee
Engages Federal and non-Federal stakeholders
Oversees nomination/removal of NGDA Datasets
Oversees Dataset Managers
Manages Theme Community on GeoPlatform.gov
NGDA Dataset Manager
Individuals who provide coordination and standards for NGDA Datasets at a national level
Evaluates NGDA Dataset against the Geospatial Data Lifecycle
Submits Annual NGDA Dataset Report to the NGDA Theme Lead
Works with Data Stewards, Stakeholders, and (or) Community of Interest
Manages Dataset Information on Data.gov/GeoPlatform.gov
Assist with incorporation of funding information into a comprehensive annual NGDA Theme Report
FGDC Coordination Group Members
Representatives from Federal agencies and FGDC recognized stakeholder groups, chairpersons of the thematic Subcommittees and 'cross-cut' Working Groups
Advances the development and maintenance of the NSDI, and associated coordination of Federal programs through collaboration and consensus of its member representatives
Ensures that FGDC actions and activities are communicated to the SAOGIs and other appropriate entities within their respective agencies
Works with the SAOGI and agency management to align the appropriate support to develop and sustain the NSDI and datasets for which they have responsibility under OMB Circular A‐16
The concept portfolio management of Federal geospatial data assets was introduced in 2010 when the OMB’s Circular A-16 Supplemental Guidance was issued. To implement the guidance an interagency team developed the NGDA Management Plan that was approved by the FGDC Steering Committee in 2014.
Since that time the FGDC agencies have collaborated build the framework and processes for managing National Geospatial Data Assets (NGDAs) as a single Federal Geospatial Portfolio in accordance with OMB policy and Administration direction.