What STIA Offers Its Members
Representation in Washington, D.C.
Federal government, policy, and budget decisions directly affect the bottom line of industry. STIA plays a proactive role developing public policy that benefits companies that make up the geospatial technologies industry. This goal is accomplished by constant contact with the Congress, White House, and federal agencies. Through policy forums and meetings with Members of Congress, White House officials, and federal administrators as well as participation in issue-specific coalitions, STIA advances the interests of the industry.
Liaison with the FGDC and Federal Departments and AgenciesSTIA has established close working relationships with many top federal government officials. In 2002, STIA was appointed to the FGDC Steering Committee. This appointment builds on the past work with the FGDC which includes serving on the 1999 GeoData Policy Forum Steering Committee.
In addition, with the support of the FGDC, STIA published a report to develop policy recommendations intended to increase private sector participation in, and the support of, the NSDI.
STIA has positive relationships with the Department of Defense's National Imagery and Mapping Agency and many civilian federal agencies including: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of State.
Information about Federal Government Programs and Congressional Actions
President George Bush's Fiscal Year 2003 budget proposes a record $53 billion in spending for information technology programs administered by a myriad of federal departments, agencies, sub-agencies, commissions, etc. Understanding the geospatial business opportunities in the vast and complex federal budget and congressional appropriations process requires a considerable amount of analysis and knowledge about federal programs and key officials.
STIA provides timely information about actions of the executive and legislative branches of the federal government that assists its member firms to make more informed decisions about how to best pursue opportunities to do business with the federal government. STIA maintains an industry leading web site and sends e-mail bulletins to keep members informed about new developments.
By participating in events organized or co-sponsored by STIA, representatives from member firms have many opportunities to meet other leaders and senior executives in the geospatial technologies industry as well as top federal government officials. Members benefit from developing contacts and forming relationships that further business activities.