NIMA rolls up its maps

NIMA rolls up its maps

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency has blocked public access to some of its maps because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Maps of military installations were blocked as well as topographic maps of the United States, NIMA spokeswoman Joan Mears said. It was unclear how long the maps would be kept from the public.

NIMA directed the Geological Survey and the Federal Aviation Administration to stop selling the topographic maps. The agency, which does mapping and imaging for the Defense Department, also instructed the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration to deny public access to the maps.

A plan to outsource 600 of NIMA's IT and services jobs has been postponed until December.

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