The July 2013 Issue of Point of Beginning Magazine has an article that highlights the failure of the Us Federal Government to share geospatial data within its agencies. This data sharing is important, because it can save the US tax payer money and make the government more effective.
According to the article the Government Accountability Office reports there are 31 different federal agencies that collect, maintain, and use geospatial information. However, the GAO reported in testimony to congress that the Feds are failing to meet a recent directive to share there data with one another. In the testimony the GAO said:
“…we found that the Federal Geographic Data Committee – the committee that was established to promote the coordination of geospatial data nationwide, and selected federal departments and agencies had not effectively implemented the tools that would help them to identify and coordinate geospatial data acquisitions across the government. As a result, the agencies have made duplicative investments and risk missing opportunities to jointly acquire data…Better planning and implementation among federal agencies could help reduce duplicative investments and provide the opportunity for potential savings of millions of dollars.”
Come Uncle Sam. That is a lot of tax payer money your spending. Instead of mapping things twice you can save the money or map twice as much…either option would be better than what you are current doing.
The Sunburned Surveyor