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Federal agencies have begun to use the computer to prepare maps but, because their techniques have not been adopted in a coordinated manner, duplication has developed and opportunities for savings have been lost. GAO reported on the need for action to prevent further duplicative computer-mapping activities.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Office of Management and Budget 1. The Director of OMB should issue a circular or other directive requiring interagency coordination and preventing the establishment of duplicative computer-mapping programs. The directive should create a rulemaking body to establish uniform standards for Federal computer mapping so that agencies can exchange data and the needs of map users can be met at reasonable cost.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Interior 2. The Secretary of the Interior should direct USGS to accelerate its production of computerized maps which are most needed by Federal agencies. The accelerated production should help to establish a database available for Government-wide use and reduce duplicative single-purpose computerizing.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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