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CST exam benefits college surveying program
American Surveyor
This is a story of how an Indiana College has taken advantage of the Certified Surveying Technician Program since 1991. Vincennes University has been in existence since 1801. It is Indiana's first college and is the only college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become president of the United States.
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Rep. Kingston seeks Labor Department information on Davis-Bacon
NSPS
The chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Labor has asked for the release of information regarding the Department's controversial ruling that survey crews are "laborers and mechanics" under the federal prevailing wage law. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), an Appropriations Committee "cardinal" or subcommittee chairman, wrote Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez on January 10 pointing out that numerous attempts to provide transparency on the department's decision have been unheeded.

Click Here to view the NSPS web page related to Davis-Bacon Act.

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DISH withdraws offer to buy LightSquared
NSPS
DISH, the satellite television company, has withdrawn its $2.2 billion bid to acquire LightSquared. NSPS members will recall LightSquared proposed a rural broadband system that created controversy for its interference with GPS spectrum signals.
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NOAA Opens Comments on Plans to Privatize Paper Charts
NSPS
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced plans to eliminate and privatize printing of paper nautical charts. NOAA published its plan in the Federal Register and is seeking public comments. Comments on the plan are due February 3.
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Researchers Continue to Seek Assistance in Defining 'Geodetic Surveyors'
NSPS
Thanks to all who have volunteered to assist in this effort to date. Over time, NSPS has been asked by the Department of Labor to solicit "occupation experts" who can help to insure that DoL's O*NET program correctly defines occupations within the overall category of surveying and mapping. Currently, O*NET is in the process of defining the occupation of Geodetic Surveyor.

Please read the attached solicitation, and contact either Curt Sumner at curtis.sumner@nsps.us.com or Marye Pasick at mpasick@onet.rti.org if you are interested in participating in this effort.

Remember, if we as professionals do not provide our insight into how segments for our profession are defined, others will make those determinations for us.

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Did you know that the CST Program is recognized in all 50 states?


NSPS Radio Hour — Jan. 20, 11 a.m. EDT
NSPS
Similar to the ongoing series that will focus on insurance matters throughout 2014, we also plan to present periodic shows that will update you on our government affairs activities. The first of the government affairs series will air this coming Monday, January 20.

Join host Curt Sumner and his guests John Palatiello and John "JB" Byrd, NSPS's federal government affairs consultants, as they discuss current issues affecting the surveying profession, including the Davis-Bacon Act, UAVs, privacy regulations, and the recent Congressional hearing on the FLAIR Act and the Map it Once bill.

For your planning purposes, we currently plan to air the insurance series on the second (2nd) Monday of each month.

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcasted, 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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Job opportunities
NSPS
Job 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.

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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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DoT opposes early start for navigation messages on new civil GPS signals
Inside GNSS
The U.S. Department of Transportation is asking the Air Force to cancel its plan to add navigation data to two key civil GPS signals this year, saying they are concerned that the approach and "nonstandard engineering tools" military officials plan to use could put GPS users at risk. The messages are to be "developed by engineers rather than certified GPS operators, and then manually uploaded to the satellite," said then-Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari.
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Sharpening the government's blurry maps
Directions Magazine
In recent years, Americans have witnessed the destructive power of floods again and again, from the damage inflicted on coastal New York and New Jersey by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 to the devastation wrought by overflowing rivers in Colorado just a few months ago. Yet as ProPublica has reported, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has flood-risk maps of questionable accuracy for many U.S. counties and lacks maps altogether for some.
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James Webb telescope still on schedule for launch despite GAO concerns
Space News
Some work on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is behind schedule and fueling concerns about a near-term cash crunch, but the agency still expects to finish the $8.8 billion astronomy flagship in plenty of time to make a scheduled October 2018 launch. A senior NASA official emphasized that the infrared observatory, which has become infamous for soaring cost growth and delays, is not in any trouble despite the nagging issues cited in the latest annual program assessment by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
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The colorblind tubemap for iOS and Android
GIS User
Here's a clever app that's built on one of London's most iconic maps, the London Tube map. But, this app has a spin on it, the maps are served up in a number of ways, using cartographic enhancements and color variations in order to be more usable to those with vision issues such as color blindness. The app was developed by 323 studios and was announced as a winner in the TFL accessible app competition.
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