It's been a very busy week.... many back to back meetings, and a lot of fast and furious typing, multitasking, teleconferencing and a few brainstorming sessions which have left me drained.
Among several other things that went out the door, we did submit a private-sector response to the Geospatial Line of Business RFI today. My public-sector counterparts have been quite harried as well. They have also been ordered by OMB to collect a variety of data on their geospatial business. Agency-wide data calls are being made to collect up data by the 15th.
I have also heard that some key agencies were alienated and somewhat uncooperative due to the OMB "bull in a china shop" approach. However, the public face and cooler heads have, for the most part, prevailed.
There are some indications that the Geospatial Line of Business may yet be a rocky place where consolidation will find limited purchase. One puzzlement/worriment is that even as the RFI responses have been submitted and OMB is looking to agencies to compile information on their geospatial assets and business, still no answers to the questions submitted at the Industry Days session or in the Q/A period subsequent have been posted on the OMB website. There are also some other questions about the legality of the approach...
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