Congress has several bills pending on geospatial data issues

HR 3186'The Geospatial Preparedness Act, sponsored by Rep. William Clay (D'Mo.), requires the Homeland Security Department CIO to work with the departments of Interior and Justice, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and other agencies to use the National Spatial Data Infrastructure for homeland security purposes. It directs the CIO to set security and policy guidelines for using geospatial data about critical infrastructures, and it directs DHS to establish a Geospatial Management Office.

HR 3367'Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the bill calls for the DHS CIO to use geospatial information to implement critical infrastructure protection programs, take a lead role in dealing with emergencies, and ensure interoperability and prevent duplication of geospatial information.

S 1230'Sponsored by Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.), this is a companion bill to HR 3367.

S 2390'The Homeland Security Geospatial Information Act of 2004, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), amends the 2002 Homeland Security Act to establish a Geospatial Management Office within the DHS' CIO office. The new office would manage the agency's geospatial information needs and activities; design and implement geospatial homeland security initiatives, such as data creation and information sharing grants; and share the information with the Federal Geographic Data Committee to improve homeland security


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