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.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|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.|
|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.|