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Thursday, December 05, 2013

GAO Report: Geospatial Duplication Can be Reduced by Coordination

The 24 page report frm the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Geospatial Information: OMB and Agencies Can Reduce Duplication by Making Coordination a Priority (pdf), was made public today in conjuction with testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, Committee on Natural Resources, House of Representatives.

The report (there a nice one page PDF summary here) is an update on a Nov 2012 report detailing how poorly coordinated data coordination efforts where across the federal governmnet. THe OMB suggested actions at that time including that "FGDC develop a national strategy for coordinating geospatial investments; federal agencies follow federal guidance for managing geospatial investments; and OMB develop a mechanism to identify and report on geospatial investments"

The update suggests some progress, but there is still work to be done:

GAO concluded that unless the key entities determined that coordinating geospatial investments was a priority, the federal government would continue to acquire duplicative geospatial information and waste taxpayer dollars.

That said, the report offers no new directives.

- report homepage, via @usgao

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/05 at 07:11 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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