NEW Draft NSDI Strategic Plan Released for Public Comment (August 27, 2020)

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is seeking public comment on the draft strategic plan for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). Comments are due by September 17, 2020.


  1. The draft plan is posted here: Draft 2021-2024 NSDI Strategic Plan (pdf)
  2. Please provide comments using this comment form: NSDI Strategic Plan Comment Form (xls)
  3. Comments should be submitted electronically by September 17, 2020 to: 


The FGDC operates under the authority of the Geospatial Data Act of 2018 (GDA) and Office of Management and Budget Circular A-16. One of the FGDC’s responsibilities under the GDA is to “prepare and maintain a strategic plan for the development and implementation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure in a manner consistent with national security, national defense, and emergency preparedness program policies regarding data accessibility.” The GDA describes the NSDI as “the technology, policies, criteria, standards, and employees necessary to promote geospatial data sharing throughout the Federal Government, State, tribal, and local governments, and the private sector (including nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education).

The draft NSDI strategic plan has been developed with inputs from a variety of sources, including FGDC member agencies, the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, and geospatial partner organizations. The plan describes a broad national vision for the NSDI, and includes goals and objectives for the continued sustainable development of the NSDI. Following the public comment period, a revised version of the plan will be prepared for final review and adoption by the FGDC Steering Committee. Following adoption of the strategic plan, the FGDC will work with partners to develop implementation plans for the goals and objectives in the strategic plan.

NSDI Strategic Plan Public Comment Period – Federal Register Notice (pdf)

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