Representatives from the US Government will be attending the IMIA  Americas Meetup in DC and providing an update on the geospatial products, data, and services available from their agencies.  Presenters will include:

Everett Hinkley (Department of Agriculture), USDA Current Geospatial Capabilities, Challenges and Opportunities

Everett Hinkley is the National Remote Sensing Program Manager for the USDA Forest Service serving in Washington DC. In this position, Everett is responsible for providing remote sensing program guidance and direction to Forest Service field units throughout the United States and serves as the Forest Service’s lead remote sensing point-of-contact to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, NASA, and other federal and state agencies. Everett serves as the USDA Senior Advisor to the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, which is the central resource within the government for GPS policy information. Everett also serves as the USDA representative to the Civil Applications Committee.  Everett received a master’s in Geology from Miami University in 1983, and a master’s in Mapping & GIS from Ohio State University in 1993.




Betsy Kanalley (US Forest Service), Forest Service Visitor Map Program

The U.S. Forest Service publishes a series of high quality Visitor Information Maps that are very popular with the public. These maps provide information about recreation opportunities, travel routes, land ownership and more. They also provide detailed interpretive information about the natural and cultural features on the map. The Forest Service does not receive appropriations to produce these maps and relies on unique legislation to collect sales dollars in a fund that is used to sustain the program. In recent years, the program has undergone many changes in how the maps are produced and delivered to our users. This presentation will provide an overview of the Forest Service Visitor Map Program, and the recent changes we have implemented to continue delivery of these products. 

Betsy Kanalley is the National Geospatial Products and Services Program Manager for the U.S. Forest Service. She provides policy, guidance and standards for maps and other geospatial products and services developed by the Forest Service. Betsy also serves as the USDA member to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. She has been with the U.S. Forest Service since 1999. She began her federal career in 1982, working for the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) Hydrographic/Topographic Center in Bethesda, Maryland and later for the DMA Headquarters in Washington, D.C (Note: today DMA is part of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency).


Lisa McBride (US Forest Service), USFS Data Assessments for Better Data Lifecycle Management

Presentation of our geospatial data assessments and how we use them to strengthen data lifecycle management in conjunction with resource data stewards.

Lisa McBride is the National GIS Program Manager for the USDA Forest Service serving in the Geospatial Management Office at the Washington Office.  Lisa provides national GIS program direction to the GIS Coordinators across the Forest Service.  The program focuses on geospatial data curation, enterprise architecture implementation of GIS software, and training and skills development. Lisa also serves on the Federal Geographic Data Committee Coordination Group. Lisa started with the Forest Service in 1988 and received a BA in Geography in 1991.



Ted Florence (Avenza), Use of Avenza Maps to Distribute Maps for NGA users

Brian Fox and Mark Cygan (USGS and ESRI, respectively): USGS’s use of ESRI Print on Demand (POD) to Support Hurricane Recovery Efforts

USGS recently implemented ESRI’s POD capability to support their US Topo production efforts.  The cloud based system allowed for USGS’s NGTOC to rapidly support hurricane recovery efforts last fall, with POD providing USGS the ability to new small scale products to meet user needs in the field.

Brian Fox is currently the Systems Development Branch Chief for USGS’s National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) where he oversees development activity in support of The National Map.  Prior to leading NGTOC’s Systems Development Branch, Brian supported the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in a variety of roles, including joint military assignments in the United States and overseas.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis.




Mark Cygan …