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This was just brought to my attention by the Association of American Geographers (AAG).

Does any have any information of the Brooks Architect-Engineers Act? There's a lawsuit in action, regarding the Brooks Act, which may impact our side of the industry. But, it is a Friday, and I haven't delved too deeply into this.

According to the AAG (http://www.aag.org/Donate/links.html),
"The case of MAPPS v. United States, currently pending in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, could have drastic consequences for the entire mapping community, including the GIS industry. Simply put, an adverse outcome could lead to the exclusion of everyone but licensed engineers and surveyors from federal government contracts for ?mapping? services of every sort and description ? not just those mapping services traditionally performed by surveyors."

More information is available at the link above.

I've also looked into the MAPPS side, which has information here: http://www.mapps.org...CLE14845=275300.

And the ACSM, which has some information on this page: http://www.acsm.net/upd0506.html

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Here's some more information about the Who and What of GSA Schedules, since I had no clue what they were referring to in the ACSM Government Affairs page. http://www.gsa.gov/P...hannelId=-13460

Brody, from what I read I would have expected all federal contracts to only work with GSA Schedule contractors anyway. Are many 1 to 10 person cartography firms part of this program? Or do some of you that aren't part of that regularly receive federal mapping contracts?

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This is an debate with a defining line about as clear as the one between art and pornography.




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