Federal Geographic Data Committee

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Federal Geographic Data Committee
Agency overview
Formed 1990
Headquarters USGS National Center
Reston, Virginia
Agency executives
Website www.fgdc.gov

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is a United States government committee which promotes the coordinated development, use, sharing, and dissemination of geospatial data on a national basis. Its 32 members are representatives from the Executive Office of the President, and Cabinet level and independent Federal agencies. The Secretary of the Department of the Interior chairs the FGDC, with the Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as Vice-Chair.[1]


The FGDC coordinates the sharing of geographic data, maps, and online services through an online portal, geodata.gov, that searches metadata held within the NSDI Clearinghouse Network.[2]

Member Compliance[edit]

On July 23, 2009, the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing on federal geospatial data management. Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland quoted a U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) report from his briefing material saying that only 4 of the FGDC member agencies were in compliance.[3]


  1. ^ Federal Geographic Data Committee Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  2. ^ Data & Services. Federal Geographic Data Committee Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  3. ^ Will Craig (Fall 2009). Governance of the NSDI. ArcNews Online Retrieved 2010-08-24.