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Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is an interagency coordinating committee that promotes development of the policies, protocols, and technical specifications needed to ensure availability and accessibility of geospatial data and services within the United States. Primarily a federal governmental activity, the FGDC was chartered in 1990 by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to coordinate geographic information development and exchange. The FGDC has official membership from most of the cabinetlevel departments and independent agencies and has established liaison arrangements with many state and local governmental organizations, professional organizations, academic institutions, native tribes, and the private sector. The FGDC is formally chaired by the secretary of the interior; the OMB deputy director for management holds the position of vice-chair.

The primary work of the FGDC ...

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