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Happy holidays from NSPS
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NSPS, MAPPS to host national surveying, mapping conference
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NSPS is pleased to announce that it will partner with MAPPS, the national association of private sector geospatial firms, to host a national surveying and mapping conference. Collaboration: The Map to the Future, will be held April 13-16, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City (Arlington). The conference will focus on bringing together government and private sector interests as well as bridging the gap between government agencies, with a special focus on how technological innovations further collaboration.

The conference will include the NSPS annual officer installation and General Membership meeting, during which proposed Bylaws changes will be voted upon. Teams from the respective participating colleges will give oral presentations during the finals of the annual NSPS Student Competition. The NSPS Board of Directors will hold a semi-annual business meeting and selected NSPS committees will also meet. Visits to the U.S. House and Senate by MAPPS and NSPS members, a geodesy symposia by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and a licensed data forum by the Geospatial Management Office (GMO) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are also on the program. In the coming days, the website www.surveyingandmapping.net will launch with more information and registration details.

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National defense bill clears Senate, goes to President
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Prior to adjourning for the year, the U.S. Senate passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a margin of 89-11 on December 11. The bill includes a number of small business procurement reforms, including some advocated by NSPS. Next up is the President's signature marking the 54th straight year that the NDAA has been enacted into law.
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'CROmnibus' appropriations bill clears Congress, signed by the President
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Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2015 Appropriations bill, known as "CROmnibus," as a combination short-term continuing resolution (CR) for certain agencies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the National Flood Insurance Program within FEMA and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, into February 2015, as well as an "omnibus" appropriations bill funding other Federal departments and agencies through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2015. The margin of House passage on December 11 was 219-206, while the Senate passage margin on December 13 was 56-40. The President signed the bill into law on December 16.
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Government report highlights Federal land ownership
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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) on December 8 published a report entitled, "Federal Lands and Natural Resources: Overview and Selected Issues for the 113th Congress." It highlights how the ownership and use of federal lands has generated controversy for decades. One key area of debate is the extent of the federal portfolio, or, how much land the federal government should own. This debate includes questions about disposing of some federal land into state or private ownership, versus whether additional land should be acquired for conservation, open space, or other purposes. NSPS has advocated for enactment of H.R. 916, the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act introduced by Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rob Bishop (R-UT), with 16 bipartisan cosponsors. The FLAIR Act is needed to help answer this baseline question: How much land does the Federal government own?
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NSPS Radio Hour — Dec. 29, 11 a.m. EDT
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On behalf of NSPS, our sponsors, and Americas Web Radio, host Curt Sumner extends his sincere appreciation to all who listen (and provide ideas/feedback) to the NSPS Radio Hour. It is your support that makes it possible for the show to have continued for four years.

To close out the 2015 NSPS Radio Hour agenda, host Curt Sumner and NSPS Insurance Program consultant Lisa Isom will continue their ongoing dialog regarding insurance coverage issues related to Professional Surveyors, their companies, and their employees. 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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NSPS seeks Davis-Bacon compromise with Labor Department
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NSPS has proposed a compromise to the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor on application of the Davis-Bacon Act to members of survey crews working on construction-related projects utilizing Federal funds. The letter, which documents a proposal NSPS proffered in a recent meeting with government officials, seeks to clarify the prevailing wage law's application to legitimate construction workers who are laborers and mechanics, while exempting members of survey crews performing surveying activities as employees of professional services firms under the overall supervision of licensed professional surveyors. The letter also seeks to eliminate the use of surveying terminology in the law.
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NSPS PAC meets with Rep.-Elect Pete Aguilar (D-CA)
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On December 17, NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd met with incoming House Freshman Pete Aguilar (D-CA). Elected in 2010 as Mayor of Redlands, California, Rep.-Elect Aguilar has a track record of making investments to strengthen the local economy, including a major initiative to repair local streets and roads, and starting a loan program to help small businesses grow and create jobs. NSPS looks forward to working with this House freshman.
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NSPS says farewell to retiring members of Congress
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As the 113th Congress completed its business for the year during the post-election "lame-duck" session, several longtime members of Congress have departed public service by their own will, or having lost a recent election. Pictured here at a recent reception on Capitol Hill before hundreds of supporters, including NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd, is Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI). Petri was the author of legislation that extends the federal Brooks Act, qualifications based selection (QBS), to federally funded highway and transit projects carried out by state transportation agencies. While thanking Rep. Petri for his leadership on transportation and infrastructure legislation, Byrd also had the opportunity to meet with Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to thank her for her sponsorship of S. 2890 (the Digital Coast Act), and Ron Johnson (R-WI), who helped spearhead an effort to preserve cash-based accounting for small business professional service firms. Also departing his ranking member position on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was Nick Rahall (D-WV), a longtime proponent for professional surveyors.
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NSPS PAC successful in supporting members of Congress
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The October 29 edition of NSPS News and Views listed candidates for Federal office who received financial support from the NSPS PAC. With the recent runoffs completed in Louisiana, the NSPS PAC is pleased to announce that 27 of the 29 NSPS PAC-supported candidates were successfully elected, a 93% win rate. While the NSPS PAC overwhelmingly supported incumbents for re-election, a few successful challengers won their respective races with the support of the NSPS PAC, and will be incoming new members of Congress. These include Sen.-Elect Thom Tillis (R-NC), Rep.-Elect David Rouzer (R-NC), and Rep.-Elect Donald Norcross (D-NJ). The NSPS PAC thanks those who contributed during the 2013-2014 election cycle, and encourages additional generosity in 2015-2016.
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Employment opportunities
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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
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Top 10 developments of 2014
Sensors & Systems
In our regular end-of-the-year reflection, Sensors & Systems looks back over the past 12 months to come up with the top developments of 2014 that will have strong implications for geospatial industry growth and diversity in the coming years. Making the list are technology disruptions, acquisitions, modeling frameworks, mapping efforts and global change.
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Reflections and hope for GNSS
GPS World
Without a doubt, the most troubling, or certainly discussed, topics this year have revolved around the spurious thoughts, rhetoric and unfortunate resulting public statements by PNT neophytes in positions of power whom, not being from the most lucid generation, seem to believe that GPS or GNSS are vulnerable and should be replaced — end of discussion — no further thought given to the problem other than surely something will come along to replace it — and preferably overnight, at that.
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Evaluating the performance of navigation payloads
Inside GNSS
As a navigation satellite transmits multiple signals on single frequency (e.g., Open Service and Restricted Service over L5 Band), these are combined on a common carrier to comprise a composite signal. This composite signal passes through navigation payload subsystems such as an up-converter, traveling wave tube amplifier, filters and so on. These subsystems may introduce adverse effects on the signal.
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Trimble unveils suite of GNSS timing products for LTE market
GPS World
Trimble has introduced a new portfolio of time and frequency products to address the synchronization needs of the growing LTE small cell market. The products are designed for a wide range of small cell synchronization applications. The products provide increased holdover capabilities and more robust signals with multi-constellation GNSS technology to sync wireless networks more efficiently, Trimble said.
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