Geospatial Data Contracts
The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Geospatial Product and Service Contracts (GPSC) is a suite of contracts used by Federal, State, and municipal government entities to partner with the USGS for purpose of fulfilling their geospatial data requirements. Photogrammetric and mapping services are primarily awarded under the umbrella of Architect-Engineer (A&E) contracting.
The contracts are broad in scope and can accommodate any activity related to standard, nonstandard, graphic, and digital cartographic products.
Services provided include, but are not limited to: imagery and LiDAR data acquisition; photogrammetric mapping; and aerotriangulation; orthophotography; thematic mapping; geographic information systems development; surveying and control acquisition; image manipulation, analysis, and interpretation; map digitizing; data manipulations; primary and ancillary data acquisition; metadata production and revision; and the production or revision of geospatial products defined by formal and informal specifications and standards.
The contracts are Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) and task orders are negotiated directly with selected firms to provide contract services. The GPSC can accomodate the mapping and photogrammetric requirements of all USGS offices and is also available to any Federal, State, or local agency.
USGS provides assistance to agencies who wish to use the GPSC. The USGS Commercial Partnership Team (CPT) drafts task orders based on an agency's specific product requirements, conducts negotiations with the contracting firms, and manages each task throughout its lifecycle. The USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) is available to assist in performance of data quality assurance and validation of contractor-produced data.
Administrative oversight of the GPSC is managed by the Contracting Officer's Representative and CPT staff located at the NGTOC. Technical points of contact are located in Denver, CO, Sioux Falls, SD, and Reston, VA. The National Map Liaisons have been established to perform partnership related functions in support of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The National Map Liaisons are located in each state to assist Federal, State, and municipal government partners with accessing the GPSC for their geospatial needs.