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August 15, 2002
MEMORANDUM FOR HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
This memorandum announces the latest revision of OMB Circular A-16: Coordination of Geographic Information and Related Spatial Data Activities.
What is OMB Circular A-16?
Circular A-16 provides a government-wide approach to electronic development and management of spatial data, technology, standards, resources, and policies under the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The Circular applies to your agency if it collects, produces, acquires, maintains, distributes, uses, or archives analog or digital spatial data.
What are the benefits of the Circular?
Implementing this Circular will improve the availability and quality of spatial data, help federal agencies avoid redundant expenditures, and leverage partnerships with other levels of government and sectors of society. These factors are crucial for developing E-Government -- one of five elements of the President's Management Agenda. Due to the importance of spatial data activities, OMB assumes a leadership role under the Circular as Vice Chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee.
What are the significant changes to the Circular?
What does the Circular require of your agency?
The Circular updates federal responsibilities in the management of geographic information and spatial data assets. Specifically, your agency or department is required to:
Please ensure that your agency or department understands and follows
the guidance in the Circular. You may direct any questions about this
Circular to your OMB Resource Management Office.