U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy
Federal Civil Agency Responsibilities
With regard to civil
remote sensing space capabilities, the Secretaries of Commerce and the
Interior and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA), in consultation with other United States Government agencies,
and with industry, as appropriate, shall:
- Determine which
civil needs can be met by commercial remote sensing space capabilities;
- Communicate current
and projected needs to the commercial remote sensing space industry.
United States Government civil agencies acting individually, or when beneficial,
- Competitively outsource
functions to enable the United States Government to rely to the maximum
practical extent on commercial remote sensing space capabilities for
filling civil imagery and geospatial needs;
Acquire and operate United States Government systems that collect data only
when such data (1) are not offered and will not be made available by US commercial
remote sensing space systems; or (2) require collection, production, and/or
dissemination by the United States Government due to unique scientific or
technological considerations or other mission requirements; and
- Coordinate with NIMA procurement of all US commercial remote sensing data
and products that are restricted to United States Government or United States
Government-approved users pursuant to NOAA license conditions due to US national
security or foreign policy concerns.
Agencies shall allocate
the resources required to implement these objectives within the overall
policy and resource guidance of the President and available appropriations.
Civil agencies may acquire commercial remote sensing space products and
services directly, through cooperative arrangements with other civil agencies,
or through NIMA. When procuring through another agency, civil agencies
will reimburse the procuring agency, consistent with the Economy Act.