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Surveyors asked to support request for 'move over & slow down' law
NSPS
NSPS has been contacted by Wes Wilburn, Founder of the American Towing & Recovery Institute, to request that surveyors nationwide sign on to a petition that his organization has presented to President Obama, asking the administration to propose and endorse legislation that would require every motorist to "move over & slow down" when passing any person/group of people stranded or working on the side of any road. Included among the many activities specifically mentioned in the request as warranting such consideration are surveying and construction.

Mr. Wilburn says he immediately thought of surveying activities because of working as a youngster along streets in Fairfax County, VA with his father, Fred, who was a long-time Licensed Surveyor there.

NSPS News & Views encourages readers to review the petition for possible support.
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'Be-A-Surveyor'
NSPS
In response to mention in NSPS News and Views that NSPS has developed space on its website for State Societies to post information about educational opportunities and events, the North Carolina Society of Surveyors Education Foundation has developed a website, www.beasurveyor.com, to meet that need. In addition to providing advertisement space, it also has the potential to provide an income stream for participating Societies. To learn more about the website click here.
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NSPS Radio Hour — Jan 12, 11 a.m. EDT
NSPS
Host Curt Sumner will be joined by President Al Jamieson, ALS and Executive Director Brian Munday of the Alberta Land Surveyors Association. Among the topics to be discussed are the differences in the activities and responsibilities between surveying organizations in Canada and NSPS, and perhaps other countries.

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, listen to the archive of the show at http://www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/ACSM.php. Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.

During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to quikstakescontest@americaswebradio.com to win a $50 gift certificate from our sponsor, Parker Davis Quik Stakes. No purchase is required to receive the gift certificate. Winners limited to once every three months.

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  RTK Corrections Where Others Fail

“We use the RTK Bridge-X to grab a correction through the Internet where a typical cell phone won’t connect,” says Chuck Hutchins, Vectors, Inc. “Since the RTK Bridge-X can be put in a truck, it serves as a mobile platform to maintain crew’s connections when no other options exist.” MORE
 


Interest grows for NSPS, MAPPS national surveying, mapping conference
NSPS
There is growing interest in the national surveying and mapping conference, Collaboration: The Map to the Future, NSPS and MAPPS will host on April 13-16, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City (Arlington). The conference will bring together government and private sector interests as well as bridging the gap between government agencies, with a special focus on how geospatial technological innovations further collaboration. News of the conference was widely reported in a number of surveying and mapping media. The conference website is http://www.surveyingandmapping.net/home.html.
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NSPS PAC thanks departing Congressman for Davis-Bacon oversight
NSPS
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd recently met with retiring Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) who served as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which has funding authority over the Department of Labor, including expenditure of funds for Davis-Bacon Act implementation. In an April 2014 hearing, Chairman Kingston questioned Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on the Act and survey crews.
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NGAC publishes summary of December meeting
NSPS
NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd participated on the December 3 conference call of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). A summary of the meeting is now available, covering issues including national address data, Landsat, geospatial privacy, NGS datum, and crowd-sourced geospatial data.
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Government report analyzes pass-through contracts
NSPS
In December 2014, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recommended that the Departments of Defense, State, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) issue guidance to help contracting officers perform the additional steps required for pass-through contracts, and revise management review processes and guidance to verify implementation. DOD, State, and USAID collectively spent approximately $322 billion on goods and services in fiscal year 2013. Nearly two-thirds of this dollar amount was awarded to prime contractors reportedly having a plan for using subcontractors. Concerns remain that the government could overpay contractors that provide no, or little, added value for work performed by lower-tier subcontractors.
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Corps of Engineers' online procurement format evaluated
NSPS
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report studying the approaches by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Reclamation in utilizing electronic bid submissions, to determine if they are consistent with relevant statutory requirements and the flexibilities provided by the statute and implementing regulation. Section 850 of Public Law 105-85, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998, requires agency heads to use electronic solutions to make the procurement process more efficient. While the statute does not specifically mandate the implementation of an electronic bid submission capability, it requires agencies to consider uniform implementation throughout the agency and full or partial use of existing infrastructure in their information technology solution design. Both the USACE and DOI use procurement systems owned and operated by their parent organizations, and GAO found that both USACE and DOI are in line with the statute.
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State and local government fiscal outlook is forecast
NSPS
Absent any policy changes, state and local governments will face an increasing gap between expenditures and receipts in future years, according to new Government Accountability Office GAO report. Since 2007, GAO has published simulations of long-term fiscal trends in the state and local government sector. These simulations have consistently shown that state and local governments face long-term fiscal pressures. Closing this gap will require state and local governments to make policy changes to assure that receipts are at least equal to expenditures. GAO's model shows the level of receipts and expenditures for the sector until 2060 based on current and historical spending and revenue patterns.
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Changing urban and suburban demographics will change subdivision, housing demand
NSPS
Families with school age children are leaving city cores and first ring suburbs in greater numbers, heading farther out to “exurbs” and rural areas, a new study finds. The trend could affect the projects of home builders and developers as housing demands and subdivision patters change.
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Employment opportunities
NSPS
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at jhohol@gmail.com.



Upcoming seminars/conferences
NSPS
Due to the volume of requests we received to publish information about State Society conferences, use this link to access the information from the NSPS website.


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Study launched to quantify the economic benefits of GPS
Inside GNSS
A new study is underway to estimate the economic benefit of GPS and quantify what's at stake if anything interferes with its navigation signals. Launched at the request of the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, the first segment of the two-part study would look at major uses of GPS.
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GPS III command and control passes key test
GPS World
Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the U.S. Air Force's next-generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System.
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Four Galileo satellites now at ESTEC; production continues
GPS World
The latest Galileo satellite has arrived at ESTEC, in the Netherlands, and is undergoing a full checkout to prove its readiness for space. The satellite was carried by lorry from its manufacturer in Germany, cocooned within an environmentally controlled container. It arrived inside ESTEC's cleanroom environment on Dec. 18.
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Sensors & Systems 10 predictions for 2015
Sensors & Systems
Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. Sensors & Systems did some reflecting on emerging issues, innovative approaches and technology trends to come up with predictions for 2015. On the list are platform and services advancements, policy initiatives and the continued convergence of mapping and modeling for infrastructure design.
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