DOT to lead civilian GPS management
President Bush updated the nation's Global Positioning System policy last month, giving the Transportation Department authority equal to that of the Defense Department on the committee that manages GPS technology and spectrum.
The revisions update military and homeland security roles for GPS and designate it as a component of the critical infrastructure. The change in governance reflects the fact that GPS is now used in more civilian applications than military ones.
DOD provided funding for GPS improvements under the previous directive.
Funds for capabilities specific to the civil sector will now come through Transportation, with participation by the Office of Management and Budget and the White House, DOT undersecretary for policy Jeffrey Shane told reporters last month.
Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.