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GAO Surveys Government’s Geospatial Data Gathering Processes

GAOA new Government Accountability Office testimony submitted to a House subcommittee says the U.S. government succeeded in consolidating processes for gathering geospatial data used in responding to emergencies, GovExec reported Monday.

Charles Clark writes the presented to the House Energy and Mineral Resources subcommittee also says the Office of Management and Budget and the Federal Geographic Data Committee did not follow all of GAO’s recommendations to eliminate redundant data collection.

GAO has over the past four years recommended nearly 300 ways for agencies to remove duplicate spending on geospatial information technology, among other initiatives, according to the report.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics have not monitored investments in geospatial technologies and data due to the agencies not having a point of contact to develop the data and part in the nationwide plan, the report says.

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