Ivan B. DeLoatch has been selected as the Staff Director of the Federal
Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). As Staff Director, Mr. DeLoatch will
provide leadership and management for FGDC operations and activities. The
FGDC is a 19 member federal interagency committee that is developing the
National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in cooperation with
organizations from State, local and tribal governments, the academic
community, and the private sector. The FGDC Secretariat is
organizationally located within the Geographic Information Office of the
U.S. Geological Survey.

Mr. DeLoatch has over 23 years of environmental program, technical, and
policy experience in the Federal, State, and private sectors. For the past
year, he has served as the Acting Staff Director of the FGDC and has
advanced the Committee's ongoing efforts in pursuing the vision to build an
effective and efficient NSDI. He has also provided the experience, energy
and insight to bring Federal, State, local and industry officials together
to build alliances necessary to truly effect the development of a
coordinated NSDI that supports the geospatial community.

Prior to assignment at USGS, Mr. DeLoatch served as Chief of the Data
Acquisition Branch in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of
Environmental Information, where he led the effort to establish EPA's
Geospatial Program and implemented innovative approaches to acquire key
datasets for agency-wide use. He played a central role in EPA's efforts to
develop an enterprise approach for the use of geospatial data, tools and
technology that includes key internal and external planning activities.