Interior Department appointments to NGAC include Missourian

News from the region
Published Date

JEFFERSON CITY Mo – Tony Spicci of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is among 15 individuals and the only Missourian (Columbia) recently appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to serve three-year terms as members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). NGAC provides recommendations on federal geospatial policy and management issues and advice on development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI promotes sharing of geospatial data throughout all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and the academic community.

Spicci has been with MDC for more than 18 years and is the Geographic Information System (GIS) coordinator for the Department and a supervisor in the MDC’s Resource Science division.  His responsibilities include the coordination and administration of geographic information technologies, ecological classification systems, human dimensions and Resource Science information support programs.  He also serves as the liaison between the MDC and other organizations and represents the Department on various committees including the Missouri GIS Advisory Committee, the Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership (MoRAP) Technical Committee and other local, state and federal organizations. 

Geospatial data and products, including maps, simulations and databases, are invaluable tools in the effective management of utility infrastructures, transportation, energy, emergency management and response, natural resource management, climate analysis, disaster recovery, homeland defense, law enforcement, protection planning and other civilian or military strategic issues. The newly appointed members of the NGAC represent the varied interests associated with geospatial programs and technology.

Additional information about the NGAC, including a complete list of the 28 committee members, is available at