House Intelligence Committee Chairman to Address MAPPS Federal Programs Conference

Congressman Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will be a featured speaker at the MAPPS Federal Programs Conference, March 13-15 in Washington, DC.

The Intelligence Committee has jurisdiction over the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and important client organization to MAPPS and dozens of its member firms.  The committee approves the NGA budget, as well as provides program authority, policy and oversight of NGA and other intelligence agencies.  Additionally, Rep. Hoekstra has a longstanding working relationship with MAPPS as the sponsor of legislation to reform Federal Prison Industries.

“We are honored and delighted that Chairman Hoekstra will be taking time from his very busy schedule to be with the MAPPS membership,” said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello.  “MAPPS member firms, as prime contractors and subcontractors, are increasingly engaged in NGA’s programs, including GGI, Clearview, and Nextview, and having Chairman Hoekstra with us is an important step in building the already excellent working relationship MAPPS has with NGA, and will help MAPPS efforts in supporting NGA in Congress.

The MAPPS Federal Programs Conference is March 13-15 at the Hyatt Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, features presentations by Federal agencies on their programs, budgets and upcoming contracts, liaison meetings with Federal agencies, policy briefings, and meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress.  MAPPS is the only geospatial organization that has an organized Capitol Hill advocacy program.

This conference is for MAPPS member firms ONLY.  For membership information, and registration to the Federal Programs Conference, visit the MAPPS web site,

MAPPS is the only U.S. trade and professional association of private geospatial firms. Formed in 1982, MAPPS has more than 150 private sector firms from all aspects of the geospatial profession. Its member firms are in the mapping, spatial data and geographic information systems field engaged in mapping, photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, hydrography, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS and GIS data collection, integration and conversion services, as well as hardware, software and supplier firms.