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NSPS Assists US Senate with Geospatial Legislation

Wednesday, July 12, 2017  
Posted by: Amber Carpenter
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A bill recently introduced in the United States Senate by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and others, known as the Geospatial Data Act, S.1253, has caused controversy with some geospatial groups, particularly with regard to provisions that reinforces and helps clarify the application of the Brooks Act's qualifications based selection (QBS) process to Federal agency surveying and mapping contracts and another that preserves Federal recognition of state licensing. The bill defines "geospatial data" in a manner that closely resembles the NCEES model law. The staff of Senator Hatch has been working with NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd and Government Affairs Consultant John Palatiello on the bill and continues to engage NSPS on these important issues, with input from NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner and Government Affairs Chairman Pat Smith. NSPS members can be assured it has a seat at the table and continues to provide input on this legislation in order to advocate for NSPS priorities and principles, particularly on licensing and QBS.


Cross posted from NSPS News and Views, 7/12/17.

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