3. That the Office of Land Information Systems established by each state…be responsible for:

• Promoting effective, efficient, and compatible land-information systems among governmental levels, in cooperation with the federal government to ensure compatibility on a national basis;

• Setting standards for state, regional, and local government surveying, mapping, and land-data collection efforts, making use of federal technical studies;

• Providing guidance to those local offices with major responsibilities for land information (namely, recorders, assessors, surveyors, engineers, and planners);

• Serving as the focal point and clearinghouse for state and federal agencies collecting or mapping land information, taking responsibility for the quality of the information that is forwarded; and

• Enlisting the resource of other state agencies having important contributions to make to the developments of the cadastral system, especially those responsible for land assembly, construction, and management of public lands and efficiency of state administrative services.


Federal Surveying and Mapping: An Organizational Review— NRC (1981)


1. The Panel believes that state and local governments should assume greater responsibility for those surveying and mapping functions that relate to regional and local programs. However, the federal, state, and local roles must be completely integrated.

2. We recommend that the mapping, charting, geodesy, surveying, and cadastral agencies of the federal government continue to sponsor cooperative programs, with state and local governments providing sufficient guidance to ensure conformance to national specifications and standards and thus to the development of a fully integrated national information system.

3. We recommend that the geodetic and cartographic data bases be adequately supported, be readily accessible to all users, and, even though serving different interests and needs, be made integral parts of a national mapping, charting, geodesy, surveying, and multipurpose cadastre information system.

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