News and Views
Jun. 12, 2013

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NSPS to Testify Before Congress on Davis-Bacon Act
NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner, PLS, has been invited to testify before the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, at a hearing titled, "Promoting the Accuracy and Accountability of the Bacon-Davis Act," to be held at 10 a.m. EDST Tuesday, June 18. Sumner will discuss NSPS concerns with the Department of Labor's recent ruling that expanded the Davis Bacon Act, and its prevailing wage requirements, to certain services by members of survey crews on federally financed construction projects. Meanwhile, support for the NSPS position is growing. More than 10 taxpayer and pro-business organizations have joined together in a letter to the Secretary of Labor opposing the Davis-Bacon expansion affecting surveying contracts.More

Perception Problem? What do you think?
Please read the article titled 10 High-Paying Blue-Collar Jobs that was recently published in Forbes Magazine. Visit the NSPS Dual Frequency Blog to provide your perspectives on whether the article is on target, or misguided.More

Report Highlights Progress, Difficulties in MAP-21 Project Delivery Provisions
U.S. Department of Transportation
A report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General found that while the department has made significant progress toward accelerating project delivery as stipulated in the current highway bill, MAP-21, USDOT needs to establish completion dates for all planned actions and eliminate some rulemaking delays in order to accomplish the speedy project delivery desired in the 2012 law.More

Congress Support for USGS 3DEP Program Funding Sought by NSPS
Funding for the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) developed by the US Geological Survey (USGS) was requested by NSPS in a recent letter to the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. NSPS Executive Director Curtis W. Sumner, PLS, asked subcommittee chairman Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, "to fully fund the USGS share of the 3DEP program at the President's FY14 budget request level of $23.7 million." The NSPS letter said, "3DEP will satisfy the extensive demand for consistent, high-quality topographic data and other three-dimensional representations of the nation's natural and constructed features. In a recent poll of the professional surveying community conducted by NSPS, more than 90 percent of America's surveyors reported that enhanced elevation data to be provided by 3DEP is important to their professional practice, ranking among the highest of all federal geospatial data initiatives." To view the letter, click here.More

FEMA's New Online Letter of Map Change (LOMC) Application!
Benefits to applying for a LOMC online:

If you believe your property has been inadvertently mapped in a Special Flood Hazard Area, go to You can view tutorials and get started using FEMA's new and convenient online application to request a change in your flood zone designation!

Click these links to view the Letter of Map Change Flyer and LOMC FAQs. More

2012 Statistics Regarding the Number of Surveyors in the US
NSPS has compiled the following statistics based on information acquired from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and NCEES.

The BLS statistics are from May 2012, and indicate that there are 40,190 professional surveyors employed in the U.S. The NCEES statistics from January 2012 indicate that 43 states plus District of Columbia (7), Guam (16), Puerto Rico (1087), and Virgin Islands (16) reported resident and non-resident licensees separately. The total number of licensees reported as "resident" is 34,598.

7 states (Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska, and Vermont) did not segregate resident from non-resident licensees. The total number of licensees reported among those states is 6,638. The NCEES statistics indicate that 70 percent of all licensees are "resident." This would mean that of the 6638 licensees collectively in AR, DE, FL, GA, IN, and NE, 4,646 would be resident.

Combining the "reported" 34,598 resident licensees in the 43 states (plus the territories,) and the calculated 4,646 licensees in the other 7 states, the total number would be 39,245.

This compared favorably with the 40,190 reported by the BLS.

Therefore, it is safe to say there approximately 40,000 licensed professional surveyors in the U.S. based on the combined 2012 statistics from BLS and NCEES. More

Comments Sought on a Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System
The U.S. Government is requesting public comments on the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System. A Federal Register notice seeks comments from federal, state and local agencies, as well as other interested members of the public regarding current and future usage of the NDGPS, the need to retain the NDGPS, the impact if NDGPS signals were not available, alternatives to the NDGPS, and alternative uses for the existing NDGPS infrastructure.More

NSPS Map Plat Winning Entries Posted on Website
NSPS has announced the winners of the 2013 Map/Plat Design Competition, and expresses it appreciation for all who participated. To view winning entries, click here.More

NSPS Encourages Surveyors to Promote the Candidacy of NSPS Past President Gary Thompson, PLS (NC) for NCEES Treasurer
The North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors has nominated Past NSPS President Gary Thompson for the position of Treasurer of NCEES.

NSPS fully supports Gary's nomination and encourages surveyors nationwide to contact the members of their respective state licensing to cast their ballots in support of Gary.

In his position as Geodetic Survey Manager for the State of North Carolina, Gary has worked closely with surveyors and others professionals for almost 40 years. He has also served as President of the North Carolina Society of Surveyors.

Click here to see a full resume submitted with Gary's nomination. More

NSPS Radio Hour on June 17 Will Feature Guest Chas Langelan
Chas serves on the board of the Surveyors Historical Society (SHS) and is currently leading the all-volunteer team organizing this summer's Surveyors Rendezvous 2013, at historic Philadelphia — to which everyone is invited. He will be discussing the Rendezvous and other SHS activities with host Curt Sumner.

During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to and win a $50 gift certificate from our sponsor, Parker Davis Quik Stakes. No purchase is required to receive the gift certificate. Winners limited to once every three months.

The "key question" for the June 17 show will be, "How long have you been involved with the Surveyors Historical Society?" More

Upcoming Webinars/Seminars/Conferences
Survey Summit – July 6-9
Webinar: Best Practices for Real Time GNSS Network Administration
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors
New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors More