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Westerman’s Geospatial Data Act Included in FAA Reauthorization Bill

September 26, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday (September 26) passed H.R. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Included in the legislation was H.R. 4395, the Geospatial Data Act, which Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) introduced with Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06) in November 2017. H.R. 4395 would prevent duplicative data purchases by federal agencies and modernize the collection of said data, which would save an untold amount of the American taxpayers’ money.

“Most are unaware but geospatial data is part of our everyday lives as it is utilized across the agencies of the federal government from plotting the path of a new interstate to coordinating disaster recovery efforts after a major storm.  Advances in geospatial technology have revolutionized how we access, use, and distribute this data and this legislation will update how our government manages and maintains it,” Westerman said. “The benefits of geospatial technology are truly untold. However, when our federal agencies use geospatial data, different agencies can acquire duplicative information and waste precious taxpayer resources in the process. I am glad House leadership listened to industry stakeholders and included the Geospatial Data Act in the FAA Reauthorization Bill of 2018. This will streamline the collection of this data across the federal government while saving money, improving information accuracy, and providing a more modern system for collecting and sharing geospatial data.”

This legislation is supported by the American Association of Geographers (AAG), American Geosciences Institute (AGI), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS), GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS), Google, Tesla, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), and Women in GIS (WiGIS).