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Breaking news! Hold your fire!
Some of our readers may not be aware of an issue that recently arose in reaction to a question posed to a local Arizona newspaper by a landowner who was in a dispute with a neighbor over some landscaping. The newspaper ran a video clip of an interview in which listeners were told they could establish their own property lines using data from the Maricopa County Assessor's Office or they could hire an assessor to mark their property lines, in either case avoiding the expense of hiring a professional surveyor. To say the least, surveyors were upset, and apparently the reaction from the surveying community has been overwhelming, and widespread.

President Kent Groh of the Arizona Land Surveyors Association's Central Chapter has told NSPS News & Views that he has contacted the newspaper reporter who initiated the video and offered to help set things straight. Kent says the reporter is "more than willing to make it right." She is going to post a follow-up video retracting/correcting her statements and is proposing to write an "Ask the Surveyor" type column in the Real Estate section of the newspaper, creating a great opportunity for some positive exposure for the surveying profession.

As important, though, she asked that the letter writing campaign stop, as some of them she has received have taken this to a personal level. Kent urges his fellow surveyors to do this so the reporter's editors won't become "unwilling to work with us."

Let's not miss an opportunity to turn something negative into something positive. So please, HOLD YOUR FIRE!
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NSPS adds communications tool
The National Society of Professional Surveyors continues to search for ways to make interaction with its members more accessible and user friendly. GeoLearn, LLC, a communications/educational outlet recently developed by Joe Paiva and Bob Morris, has agreed to assist NSPS in this effort by occasionally providing in NSPS News & Views links to video interviews on matters of interest to the surveying profession. The first in the series is an interview with NSPS ALTA/ACSM Committee Chair Gary Kent. In addition to general comments about the periodic review of the ALTA/ACSM standards, Gary briefly discusses the misuse by clients (and others) of "copies" of survey plats they request.
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NSPS to offer a 'Host Your Congressman' webinar
A free webinar advising NSPS members on how to effectively host a meeting with congressmen, senators or state legislators will be offered in the coming weeks. The free session will be held on Tuesday, Jun 24, from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The webinar, to be presented by John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc., the NSPS government affairs consultants, will provide step-by-step details on how surveyors can host meetings to introduce lawmakers to the profession and engage in discussions on legislation and government policies affecting the profession. Pre-registration is required.
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SPAR International focuses on business and technology considerations for end-to-end 3D measurement for surveyors including tools to use for specific applications; balancing need for accuracy with cost; processing large data sets. PLS and PE CEU-approved.

Benchmarking in Kansas
By Ernie Cantu
The Kansas Society of Land Surveyors celebrated National Surveyors Week by recruiting geocachers to help find benchmarks that were set in 1933 and 1934 under the Civil Works Administration, a government jobs program. The benchmarks were never incorporated into the NGS database. Geocachers used GPS receivers to track down recorded 1934 state plane coordinates to find these "lost monuments."
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Engineers to join surveyors, geospatial professionals at exporting conference
Geospatial & Engineering International Conference has announced that the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington has become a participating organization for the two-day conference to be held Sept. 25-26 in Alexandria, Virginia. Conference sessions will feature organizations that finance, procure, coordinate, and manage surveying, geospatial and engineering projects outside the United States. Officials from agencies and non-governmental organizations will discuss their programs, budgets, requirements, and procurement procedures for engineering and geospatial services.

Participating organizations include Association of American Geographers, American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Construction Industry Round Table, Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association, MAPPS, National Society of Professional Surveyors, and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. NSPS members receive a registration discount.

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NSPS urges Senate to exempt surveyors from privacy bill
A bill designed to protect individual privacy by regulating the tracking of electronic communications devices should be amended to exempt surveyors and other geospatial professionals, according to NSPS. Executive Director Curtis W. Sumner, PLS, sent a letter to the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, urging an amendment to S. 2171, the Location Privacy Protection Act," to recognize state licensing of surveyors. Sumner said "consumers are already protected" by such state laws, making additional federal restrictions unnecessary.
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NSPS PAC meets with House candidate David Rouzer (NC)

David Rouzer and John "JB" Byrd
On May 29, NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John "JB" Byrd attended a political "Meet & Greet" session with David Rouzer, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 7th District of North Carolina, currently held by retiring Rep. Mike McIntyre. Rouzer is favored to win this open seat, and Byrd, attending the meeting on behalf of the NSPS PAC, discussed surveying issues to work on with Rouzer in the next Congress.

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House Appropriations bill funds FEMA flood mapping efforts
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security released its proposed funding bill for fiscal year 2015 for programs with the Department of Homeland Security, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The following related to the FEMA Flood Map Modernization Program are included: Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis Program, funds necessary expenses, including administrative costs, under section 1360 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4101), and under sections 100215, 100216, 100226, 100230, and 100246 of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 ($94,403,000), and such additional sums as may be provided by State and local governments or other political subdivisions for cost-shared mapping activities under section 1360(f)(2) of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968; For the National Flood Insurance Fund, funds the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, ($179,294,000),which shall remain available until Sept. 30, 2016, and shall be derived from offsetting amounts collected under section 1308(d) of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968; which is available for salaries and expenses associated with flood mitigation and flood insurance operations; and floodplain management and additional amounts for flood mapping. Next up for this funding bill in the House is Full Committee markup, as well as parallel efforts by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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NSPS Radio Hour
The ongoing dialog will continue with NSPS Insurance Program provider Lisa Isom. More insurance issues that affect the survey profession will be discussed.

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, listen to the archive of the show at Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.

During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to to 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.

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Employment opportunities
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at

Upcoming seminars/conferences
Due to the volume of requests we received to publish information about State Society conferences, use this link to access the information from the NSPS website.

How might NGA's immersive mission impact mainstream geospatial technology?
Sensors & Systems
At the recent International Space Symposium, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Letitia Long, set forth the mapping agency's mission to move beyond integration and toward immersion through next-generation mapping and location technologies. This bold future direction is being made in an austere budget environment where programs that don't meet this mission will lose funding.
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Roger Easton, father of GPS, dies at 93
Tech Crunch
Roger Lee Easton, Sr., the father of GPS and pioneer of modern day navigation, died May 8 at his New Hampshire home, according to BusinessWire. After attending Middlebury College and the University of Michigan, Easton began work as a physicist in 1943 in the U.S. Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., where he would spend the rest of his 37-year career. In 1955, he had a part in writing the proposal for the Vanguard Project, which was a satellite program for the International Geophysical Year.
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Secretary of Defense names new director of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Directions Magazine
The Department of Defense announced Robert Cardillo as the next director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The current director, Letitia A. Long, has announced her decision to retire later this year after four years at the helm of the agency and more than 35 years of government service. Long took the reins at NGA in August 2010.
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Russia turns off data from IGS GPS tracking stations
GPS World
As announced by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on May 13, GPS tracking stations co-sponsored by U.S. interests have stopped making their data available to scientists and others. The tap on the flow of data from 11 stations was turned off starting May 31. The data flow included hourly and daily data files from the stations as well as the real-time flow of data over the Internet.
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