Required Reading: GAO Report on Federal Geospatial Data Coordination
Here's the first sentence of what I'd like you to read:
While the President and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have established policies and procedures for coordinating investments in geospatial data, governmentwide committees and federal departments and agencies have not effectively implemented them.
The rest of the four paragraphs I suggest you read (the section tlted: What GAO Found) are dense, but make clear the state of federal geospatial efforts in the United States. The conclusion is sadly expected:
Unless OMB, the FGDC, and federal departments and agencies decide that coordinating geospatial investments is a priority, this situation will likely continue.
The full 60 page report is available in pdf.