John Byrd Discussing 3DEP at ITIF Event

The Cities of Tomorrow: How Research and Innovation Can Help Address the U.S. Infrastructure Crises Smart technologies are rapidly changing U.S. cities. For example, dynamic road pricing, real-time transit information, and vehicles with increased autonomy will soon revolutionize the way people move around cities. Yet even though the growing Internet of Things offers enormous benefits, […]

Congress mulls changes to ‘inherently governmental’ activities

Originally published in FCW discussing inherently governmental activities. By Mark Rockwell John Palatiello, president of the Business Coalition for Fair Competition, told lawmakers that some agencies have indeed reconsidered how they receive services in many areas, including IT. For instance, the U.S. Geological Survey has transitioned from being an in-house map-production agency that often duplicated […]

This is the Business of Surveying

“To truly get ahead today, surveyors need the networking and other opportunities that MAPP membership provides.” Read More at POB…

The United States is a world economic power in spite of its surveying and mapping

The United States is a world economic power in spite of its surveying and mapping, not because of it. That’s the conclusion of the former Wyoming governor, Jim Geringer, who recently released a report card on the nation’s spatial data infrastructure. With an overall grade of C, the United States would rank behind some 15 […]

Federal Bureaucracy Much Worse than Devine Outlines

Donald Devine could not be more wrong with his data or conclusions (Reagan Idea Could Reform Invisible Bureaucracy, Jefferson Policy Journal, March 19, 2015). He points to the growth of government spending, but the relatively constant size of the federal workforce. He should give government employees more credit. In the private sector, U.S. manufacturers now produce three and […]

In Trying To Become Competitive, U.S. Postal Service Is Losing Sight Of Its Main Mission

by John Palatiello In its quarterly report earlier this month, the Postal Service posted a loss of $754 million dollar loss, continuing a trend of incurred billion dollar losses each year as it continues operations in the face of many challenges. Despite its troubles, the majority of Americans find that the delivery agency remains a cornerstone of our functioning […]

Infrastructure Gets a C from COGO

Former governor says U.S. spatial data leadership has slipped. The nation’s spatial data infrastructure gets a barely passing grade of “C” indicating it “requires attention,” former Governor Jim Geringer (R-WY) reported on February 23. Speaking at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Geringer said the national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI), a […]

In Trying To Become Competitive, U.S. Postal Service Is Losing Sight Of Its Main Mission

by John Palatiello In its quarterly report earlier this month, the Postal Service posted a loss of $754 million dollar loss, continuing a trend of incurred billion dollar losses each year as it continues operations in the face of many challenges. Despite its troubles, the majority of Americans find that the delivery agency remains a cornerstone of our […]

VAS Hires JMP&A for Association Management

Reston, VA – The Virginia Association of Surveyors (VAS) has announced the firm of John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc. (JMP&A) has been selected to provide association management services for the organization effective January 1, 2015.”We are thrilled to hand the reins over to JMP&A,” said John Sehl, President of the Virginia Association of Surveyors. […]

Reston Executive Selected for FAA UAS Working Group

This originally appeared in the Reston Patch. John Palatiello, Executive Director of MAPPS, the association for private sector geospatial firms, and government affairs consultant with JMP&A, has been selected to represent MAPPS as a member of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) working group on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), according to a news release. Here’s more […]