IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 7, 2011
Mr. Hatch (for himself and Mr. Lee) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To improve Federal land management, resource conservation, environmental protection, and use of Federal land by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to develop a multipurpose cadastre of Federal land and identifying inaccurate, duplicate, and out-of-date Federal land inventories, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform
Act of 2011.
In this Act:
The term cadastre means—
an inventory of Federal land developed through collecting, storing, retrieving, or disseminating graphical or digital data depicting natural or manmade physical features, phenomena, or boundaries of the earth; and
any information relating to the features, phenomena, or boundaries, including surveys, maps, charts, satellite and airborne remote sensing data, images, and services, with services performed by professionals, such as surveyors, photogrammetrists, hydrographers, geodesists, cartographers, and other such services of an architectural or engineering nature.
cadastre includes the following data layers:
A reference frame consisting of a geodetic network.
A series of current, accurate large scale maps.
A cadastral boundary overlay delineating all cadastral parcels.
A system for indexing and identifying each cadastral parcel.
A series of land data files that—
include the parcel identifier, which can be used to retrieve information and cross reference between and among other data files;
contains information about the use, value, assets, and infrastructure of each parcel; and
designate any parcels that the Secretary determines can be better managed through ownership by a non-Federal entity, including State government, units of local government, Tribal government, nonprofit organizations, or the private sector.
Federal land means land under the
jurisdiction of the Federal Government, including—
buildings, crops, forests, or other resources attached to, or within, the land;
improvements or fixtures permanently attached to the land or a structure on the land; and
any interest, benefit, right, or privilege in and to the land.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
Cadastre of federal land
The Secretary shall develop a multipurpose cadastre of Federal land to assist with—
Federal land management;
environmental protection; and
the use of Federal land.
The Secretary may enter into a cost-sharing agreement with a State to include in the cadastre any non-Federal land in the State.
The Federal share of any cost-sharing agreement entered into under paragraph (1) shall not exceed 50 percent of the total cost to the State for including in the cadastre the non-Federal land in the State.
Consolidation and Report
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report that describes—
any existing land inventories or components of a cadastre authorized by Federal law or conducted by the Department of the Interior;
the statutory authorization for the inventories or components described in subparagraph (A); and
the amount expended by the Federal Government for fiscal year 2010 with respect to the inventories or components described in subparagraph (A);
any inventories or components described in paragraph (1)(A) that would be eliminated or consolidated into the cadastre authorized under this Act;
any inventories or components described in paragraph (1)(A) that would not be eliminated or consolidated into the multipurpose cadastre authorized by this Act;
the reason for not terminating or consolidating those inventories or components into the multipurpose cadastre;
the use of existing land inventories or any components of a cadastre being conducted by any State or unit of local government that can be used to identify Federal land within the State or unit of local government;
the cost-savings that would be achieved by eliminating or consolidating duplicative or unneeded land inventories or components described in paragraph (1)(A) that would become part of the multipurpose cadastre authorized by this Act; and
recommendations for any legislation necessary to increase the cost-savings and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of replacing, eliminating, or consolidating inventories or components described in paragraph (1)(A).
In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall—
in accordance with section 216 of the E-Government Act of 2002 (44 U.S.C. 3501 note; Public Law 107–347), participate in the establishment of any standards and common protocols as are necessary to ensure the interoperability of geospatial information pertaining to the cadastre for all users of the information;
coordinate with, seek the assistance and cooperation of, and provide liaisons to, the Federal Geographic Data Committee in accordance with Office of Management and Budget Circular A–16 and Executive Order 12906 (43 U.S.C. 1457 note; relating to coordinating geographic data acquisition and access: the national spatial data infrastructure) for the implementation of, and compliance with, any standards that may be applicable to the cadastre;
make the cadastre interoperable with the Federal Real Property Profile established under Executive Order 13327 (40 U.S.C. 121 note; relating to Federal real property asset management);
integrate with, and leverage, to the maximum extent practicable, cadastre activities of States and units of local government; and
use contracts with the private sector, to the maximum extent practicable, to provide any products and services that are necessary to develop the cadastre.
Contracts considered surveying and mapping
Any contract entered into under paragraph (1)(E) shall be considered to be surveying and mapping services, as those terms are used in subtitle I of title 40, United States Code.