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NSPS Testimony Earns National News Media Attention

NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner speaks
with Committee Chairman Tim Walberg

Click Here to view Testimony during the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hearing. Scroll to 56.45 to hear NSPS responses to questions from the Committee.

Click Here to view Curt Sumner's testimony

The Washington Examiner
Professional Surveyor Magazine
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Business, Taxpayer Groups Oppose Davis-Bacon Expansion to Survey Crews
More than 10 taxpayer and pro-business organizations have joined together in a letter to the Secretary of Labor opposing the Davis-Bacon Act expansion affecting surveying contracts. In addition, MAPPS filed a letter with the House Subcommittee opposing the Labor Department action on survey crews. As a result of Curt Sumner's testimony on behalf of NSPS, further action by Congress to rescind the Labor Department action may occur in the near future.
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FEMA Report Highlights Need for Flood Insurance Reform
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a new report showing a long-term increase in flood risks across the country affecting the National Flood Insurance Program. According to FEMA, a combination of climate change and population growth will significantly impact the number of Americans who will live in flood zones in coming decades. By the end of the century, FEMA projects the proportion of the nation that will be designated as special flood hazard zones will increase by between 40 and 45 percent and the number of policies written by the NFIP could double from the current 5.6 million to 11.2 million.

Related articles:

New FEMA maps shrink highest-risk flood zones in Monmouth, Ocean
FEMA shrinks top flood zones 50 percent in Ocean County

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BCFC to Host Forum on Unfair Non-Profit Competition with Private Sector, Including Universities
On Tuesday, June 25, the Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC) will host a forum to measure the sources and impact of unfair non-profit competition with private sector companies, especially small business. This forum is scheduled to take place from 10:00am to 2:00pm at The Inn at Fredericksburg Square, 525 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
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Did you know that you can set a straight course to your future using the CST Program?

Greetings from Surveyors Historical Society
Chas Langelan
If you're planning to attend Surveyors Rendezvous 2013 at historic Philadelphia this August, you should make your hotel room reservations without delay.

Our Rendezvous hotel, the Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, reports that our group-rate "block" of rooms, set aside for Rendezvous attendees, is filling up fast — and that because of a huge rock concert for 80,000 scheduled on Labor Day weekend, they will not be able to supply any additional rooms, beyond our original "block" amount, for the final two days of the Rendezvous — Friday and Saturday August 30 and 31. Rooms are still available within our block, only for Rendezvous attendees at a substantial discount, but otherwise the hotel is already 90-percent sold-out for those two nights. Other area hotels are also filling rapidly.

This means if you wait much longer to get a hotel room, they will be gone.

Our Rendezvous dates are Wednesday August 28 through Saturday August 31, 2013. You can make room reservations by calling Hyatt's Reservation Hotline, 888-421-1442 and mentioning Surveyors Historical Society, or by going on-line to Our discount group rate is $129 a night. The "block" of rooms for Rendezvous attendees is not huge, and when they're gone, rates go up to $189-$249, if still obtainable. We urge you to make reservations promptly.

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NSPS Radio Hour on Monday, June 26 will Feature Guest Susan Marlow — 11:00 am EDT
Susan Marlow is the founder and CEO of 19-year-old Smart Data Strategies, Inc. located in Franklin, TN. Her in-depth knowledge of the conversion and the software implementation process, and her belief in the importance of the property layer as one of the NSDI foundation layers of information involves her in many movements to promote a unified local, state, and national property database. She is active in a number of national organizations involved in geospatial activities.

Ms. Marlow will discuss PARCELS FOR THE NATION with host Curt Sumner.

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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Surveyor/Author Extends Deadline of Competition Related to Lessons Learned from Novel
In consideration of the fact that readers need time to read the book and then prepare their entries, New Jersey Professional Land Surveyor Don Ackermann has decided to extend the deadline for submissions to his competition until October 31st.

The competition is open to all licensed surveyors and those pursuing a career in land surveying. In 400 words or less (one 8 1/2 x 11 inch page), entrants must tell the author what they learned about land surveying and about being a good surveyor after reading The Three Keys. Writing ability will be secondary to the substance of the responses.

The closing date for entries will be October 31st. Grand Prize, $500, Second Place, $300, Third Place $200. By entering the competition, winners agree to the publication of their entry in the NSPS News & Views newsletter, and on the NSPS website (if NSPS so desires). Send entries to

The author reserves the rights to quote excerpts from submittals to promote the book.

The Three Keys can be purchased online at the following bookstores:

Barnes and Noble

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Upcoming Webinars/Seminars /Conferences
Survey Summit – July 6-9, 2013
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors
New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors

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