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GIS Procurement

In 2007, the AAG was among the geographic and GIS organizations that joined together to support the government’s position against a lawsuit that sought to strictly limit government contracting for mapping and GIS activities.

The case of MAPPS v. United States (E.D. VA. No. 1:06cv378) in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, was ruled in favor of the government. The litigation could have had dramatic consequences for the entire mapping community, including the GIS industry. Simply put, an adverse outcome would have effectively excluded everyone but licensed architects, engineers and surveyors from federal government contracts for "mapping" services of every sort and description - not just those mapping services traditionally performed by surveyors. For more information on the case, see the documents below.