President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. The Executive Order declares that information is a valuable resource and strategic asset for the Nation. We couldn’t agree more.
Three federal agencies tasked with government-wide management of specific geospatial data are wasting millions of taxpayer dollars annually in duplicative efforts, according to a report released Nov.26 by the Government and Accountability Office. The report criticized the Interior, Commerce and Transportation Departments for not effectively implementing policies and procedures for coordinating investments in geospatial data because "these efforts have not been a priority." Read More
President Barack Obama reiterated his strong support for science and technology today in a speech to members of the National Academy of Sciences at its 150th annual meeting. Science, technology, engineering, and medicine are critical to the nation's prosperity, Obama said, noting that investments made today are bound to pay off for many years to come.
Today, the Alliance for Global Conservation (AGC) applauded the introduction of the Global Conservation Act (GCA) in both the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.