The Congressional Research Service released an updated report in it's series titled Issues and Challenges for Federal Geospatial Information
. The report was drafted by Peter Folger, a Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy. It was released on April 27, 2012.
The Conclusion states:
"Congress may consider how a national GIS or geospatial infrastructure would be conceived,
perhaps drawing on proposals for these national efforts as described above, and how they would
be similar to or differ from current efforts. Congress may also examine its oversight role in the
implementation of OMB Circular A-16, particularly in how federal agencies are coordinating
their programs that have geospatial components. In 2004, GAO acknowledged that the federal
government, through the FGDC and Geospatial One-Stop project, had taken actions to coordinatethe government’s geospatial investments, but that those efforts had not been fully successful in
eliminating redundancies among agencies. As a result, federal agencies were acquiring and
maintaining potentially duplicative data sets and systems. Since then, it is not clear whether
federal agencies are successfully coordinating among themselves and measurably eliminating
unnecessary duplication of effort.
Were Congress to take a more active oversight role overseeing the federal geospatial enterprise, it
could evaluate whether specific recommendations from nonfederal stakeholders have been
addressed. For example, the National Geospatial Advisory Committee recommended that OMB
and FGDC strengthen their enforcement of Circular A-16 and Executive Order 12906. However,
enforcement alone may not be sufficient to meet the current challenges of management,
coordination, and data sharing. The issuance of supplemental guidance to Circular A-16 by OMB
in November 2010 may instigate new activity among and between agencies, which could spill
over into better coordination with the state and local governments and the private sector. It will
likely take some time, and several budget cycles, to track whether agencies are adhering to the
“portfolio-centric model” of geospatial data management outlined in the supplemental guidance.
It may also take time to evaluate whether the “portfolio-centric model” is the best available model
for managing the federal geospatial assets."