Addressing Concerns About the Geospatial Data Act of 2017

We have heard from many people with concerns about the Geospatial Data Act of 2017, S.1253, sponsored by Senators Hatch and Warner. There is a worry that this bill would exclude everyone but licensed architects, engineers and surveyors from federal government contracts for GIS and mapping services.  Because there are competing interpretations of the bill being shared over social media, we did our own independent research.  Our conclusion tracks that of the National States Geographic Information Council, which says that the bill will not exclude all but a few professionals from government contracts.  We do not believe that there is cause for concern.  We are reaching out to the offices of the Senators co-sponsoring the bill, however, and are asking for further clarification. Please know that we are following this issue closely, and we will provide updates as information becomes available.