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Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Associated Press clears up some confusion about a document I saw a week or so ago called a “Statement of Administration Policy,” SAP. That’s a document that details the official White House take on a bill.

In this case the bill is H.R. 5386 –Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, FY 2007 (pdf), in short, the House’s Department of Interior 2007 spending bill. It passed the House last month. The SAP (pdf) supports passage of the bill, but includes this statement on Missouri Represenatative Jo Ann Emerson’s efforts to allocate funds to keep the Rolla office open and spend no money on its consolidation or closure:

The Administration is also concerned with the Committee’s decision to impede the realignment of the Department’s geospatial data management functions to better serve the needs of the Nation. This action would reduce services to the public and hinder well-conceived efforts to improve management and efficiency of the Geological Survey’s geospatial activities.

Emerson is not scared, noting:

Nobody should allow themselves to be intimidated by a statement of policy.

Special note for conspiracy theorists: There are two names listed as sponsors of this SAP. One is Jerry Lewis, the representative from California’s 41st district, which includes Redlands, California.

Here’s a possible set of connections (this is pure conjecture on my part):

If USGS consolidates in Denver, it’d cost more to do the same work as it might in Rolla.  That means, when the private sector bids against Denver, it’d be easier to come in “under” the cost, and thus “win” the work. (Some argue, that’s why Denver was chosen over “cheaper” Rolla: because the goal was to get the work into private hands.) What big company might be able to do that sort of work under contract to the government? Perhaps ESRI?

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/08 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The president was speaking at the 37th All India Police Science Congress when he noted that developing countries are exposed to terrorism due to high resolution satellite imagery.

“Earth observations by Google Earth has resulted in high resolution pictures being made freely available on Internet sites, including http://www.fas.org. The present laws regarding spatial observations over the territory are inadequate,” he said.

I guess no one has explained to him that Google does not take the pictures; satellite imaging companies do.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/07 at 08:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

If it’s a location based game, we can have as many ads of companies based in a certain location. It would really depend on the concept and if the advertisers are keen on the same.

- Salil Bhargava, of paradox, a gaming company, quoted in Express India in an article about in game advertising. I guess this means we’ll have in game, location-based ads soon!

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/07 at 08:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Hard to know if there’s a direct relationship, but a Leica VP has joined Pixxures, an aerial imaging company as COO. Michael Hut, former Vice President of Customer and Technical Service at Leica Geosystems, also held a position at MJ Harden (now part of GE Power).

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/07 at 07:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Nothing new really in this GovExec article, but it does highlight how the USGS planned move is playing out politically.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/06 at 05:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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