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Call for Nominations to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee

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U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.


Notice of call for nominations.


The Department of the Interior (DOI) is seeking nominations to serve on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee authorized through the Geospatial Data Act of 2018 (GDA), which operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior through the Federal Geographic Data Committee related to management of Federal geospatial programs, development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and the implementation of the GDA. The Committee reviews and comments on geospatial policy and management issues and provides a forum for views of non-Federal stakeholders in the geospatial community.


Nominations to participate on this Committee must be received by August 27, 2019.


Send nominations electronically to, or by mail to John Mahoney, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior, 909 First Avenue, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98104. Nominations may come from employers, associations, professional organizations, or other geospatial organizations.

Nominations should include a resume providing an adequate description of the nominee's qualifications, including information that would enable DOI to make an informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the Committee and permit DOI to contact a potential member. Nominees are strongly encouraged to include supporting letters from employers, associations, professional organizations, and/or other organizations that indicate support by a meaningful constituency for the nominee.

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John Mahoney, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) (206-220-4621). Additional information about the NGAC and the nomination process is posted on the NGAC web page at​ngac.

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The Committee conducts its operations in accordance with the provisions of the GDA and the FACA. It reports to the Secretary of the Interior through the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and functions solely as an advisory body. The Committee provides recommendations and advice to DOI and the FGDC on policy and management issues related to the effective operation of Federal geospatial programs.

The NGAC includes up to 30 members, selected to generally achieve a balanced representation of the viewpoints of the various stakeholders involved in national geospatial activities. The NGAC members are appointed for staggered terms, and nominations received through this call for nominations may be used to fill vacancies on the Committee that will become available in 2019 and 2020. The nominations will be reviewed by the FGDC and additional information may be requested from nominees.

The final selection and appointment of Committee members will be made by the Secretary of the Interior. The individuals who are Federally registered lobbyists are ineligible to serve on all FACA and non-FACA boards, committees, or councils in an individual capacity. The term “individual capacity” refers to individuals who are appointed to exercise their own individual best judgment on behalf of the government, such as when they are designated Special Government Start Printed Page 35688Employees, rather than being appointed to represent a particular interest.

The Committee meets approximately 3-4 times per year. The Committee members will serve without compensation but travel and per diem costs will be provided by USGS. The USGS will also provide necessary support services to the Committee. The Committee meetings are open to the public. Notice of Committee meetings are published in the Federal Register at least 15 days before the date of the meeting. The public will have an opportunity to provide input at these meetings.

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2.

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Kenneth M. Shaffer,

Deputy Executive Director, Federal Geographic Data Committee.

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[FR Doc. 2019-15640 Filed 7-23-19; 8:45 am]