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John Palatiello

John M. Palatiello is executive director of the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS), an association of private firms in the geospatial field.  He is also president of the firm of John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc., a public affairs consulting firm located in Reston, Va., which provides services as the government affairs consultant to the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS).

Articles by John

MAPPS Urges States to Exempt Surveying, Mapping from UAS Legislation

MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello called on state legislatures to exempt aerial surveying and mapping from any legislation limiting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), sometimes derisively called "drones."

one year and 6 months ago

Changes to FEMA Flood Insurance Law May Jeopardize Flood Mapping Program

Facing $24 billion in debt due to claims from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and other events, and complaints about premium increases from homeowners, Congress is struggling once again with the flood insurance program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

2 years and 3 months ago

MAPPS Discusses Policy at AUVSI Convention

This year, for the first time, MAPPS had a presence at the annual convention of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), held Aug. 12-15 at the Washington, D.C., convention center.

2 years and 10 months ago

How the FTC’s New Privacy Rules Will Affect Geospatial Professionals

Have you read the final report of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations For Businesses and Policymakers"? If not, you should. The future of your business may depend on it.

3 years and 4 months ago

GAO Reports Shortcomings in Federal Geospatial Coordination

The long-awaited Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of Federal geospatial coordination has been released. The report is a rather damning indictment of the agencies' activities.

3 years and 7 months ago

Why the Next Few Months Are So Crucial

If your firm is a contractor to a federal agency, or does work for state or local government agencies that receive federal funds, or if you are just a taxpayer, there are a number of deadlines, milestones and actions in the coming weeks and months that deserve your attention. Task orders, cash flow, the volume of work under those contracts, and your taxes are all at stake.

about 3 years and 9 months ago

Is This Surveying?

Recently the Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA), manager of the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN), issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a statewide mapping project. The procurement raised several important issues, not the least of which is: What constitutes the practice of surveying?

3 years and 9 months ago