2017 Issues


March 13-17, 2017

(Conference is March 13-15 & NSPS Business Meetings are March 14, 16, 17) 
Sheraton Hotel in Silver Spring, Maryland

Flood Insurance Reform with Better Surveying, Mapping and Elevation Data - Click here for the Issue Paper
The current statutory authority for FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)'s is scheduled to expire this September. Due to losses from Katrina, Sandy and other super storms, the NFIP remains roughly $24 billion in debt to U.S. taxpayers and hasn't repaid any principal on its loans since 2010. In 2017, Congress will seek to reauthorize Biggert-Waters or further reform the program. Improved surveying and mapping will help FEMA calculate its risk and put the program on a more sound financial footing. There is an important role for LiDAR technology and other mapping activities used to accurately locate structures and preparing letters of map amendment (LOMA), as well as the need for current/accurate elevation data, such as would be provided by USGS through the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). Elevation data are essential for flood mitigation, conservation management, infrastructure development, national security, and many other applications. MAPPS and NSPS respectfully urge sponsorship of provisions allowing for improved utilization of surveying and mapping technologies and applications, as well as better elevation data collection as connected to the 3DEP program, in this legislation in the 115th Congress.

Infrastructure - Click here for the Issue Paper
President Trump and various Committees are planning a major infrastructure program of an estimated $1 trillion for roads, bridges, airports, and other types of infrastructure. All of these projects require quality and accurate surveying and mapping data, products and services. In recognizing the importance of accurate geospatial data, Congress should include legislative language calling for surveying, mapping and geospatial data for the planning, design, construction operation and maintenance for all related infrastructure projects. Data needs include: Elevation; Boundary; Topo; Planimetrics; As-Builts; Asset Management; Etc. MAPPS and NSPS respectfully urge sponsorship of provisions allowing for improved utilization of surveying and mapping technologies and applications in infrastructure legislation in the 115th Congress.

Private Sector Utilization - Click here for the Issue Paper
A positive public-private partnership business model is needed so that there are clearly defined roles, responsibilities and synergy between the public and private sectors, particularly in geospatial activities at the Federal level. In the 114th Congress, the Freedom From Government Competition Act (FFGCA), H.R. 2044/S. 1116, was introduced by Representative John J. “Jimmy” Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Senator John Thune (R-SD). There is a dangerous trend toward “in-sourcing” and building in-house government capabilities at the expense of private sector job creation, in the Federal government’s geospatial activities. Federal agencies are purchasing equipment to build their own agency capacity to conduct what are considered commercial geospatial activities in mapping, surveying, and charting. Agencies are also bringing contracted geospatial services into the government for performance by Federal employees. A robust, qualified and competent private sector exists within the mapping and surveying profession and government at all levels should utilize it, not duplicate or compete with it. MAPPS and NSPS respectfully urge cosponsorship of the Freedom from Government Competition Act in the 115th Congress. Click here for the bills: 
​H.R. 1339 and S. 506