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Geospatial Products and Services Contracts


The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Geospatial Products and Services Contracts (GPSC) is a suite of contracts used by federal, state, and municipal governments, as well as non-profits, Tribes, and private entities to partner with the USGS to fulfill their geospatial data requirements.

General Information

Photogrammetric and mapping services are primarily awarded under the umbrella of Architect-Engineer (A&E) contracting. Broad in scope, the contracts 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.

GPS and satellite

The contracts are Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) and task orders are negotiated directly with selected firms to provide contract services. The GPSC can accommodate the mapping and photogrammetric requirements of all USGS offices and is also available to any federal, state, or local agency, as well as non-profits, Tribes, and private entities.

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) assists in 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, and Rolla, MO. The National Map Liaisons perform partnership related functions in support of data acquisition.  National Map Liaisons are associated with each state to assist federal, state, and municipal government partners with accessing the GPSC for their geospatial needs.


Benefits of GPSC

The GPSC gives customers quick-access one-stop shopping to the professional geospatial services they require. Selected through a competitive, quality-based selection process, the GPSC contractors are highly skilled, with the full gamut of geospatial and cartographic products. They are industry leaders with product-specific expertise who maintain technical liaisons with the USGS.

Customers seeking nonstandard products, or those requiring singular applications of geospatial data, have ready access to the same pool of certified firms. The Commercial Partnerships Team's familiarity with each contractor coupled with the breadth of USGS technical expertise create an environment whereby detailed products are accurately described and appropriately assigned.


Summary of GPSC Advantages

  • Experienced USGS contract and technical staff manage contracts from inception through completion.

  • Government experts provide technical analysis of customer requests, thereby ensuring the right product the first time.

  • Immediate connections to quality-based contractors eliminate the search for and uncertainties of selecting firms capable of meeting requirements.

  • Experienced Government negotiators work with contractors to ensure the appropriate match of contractor to customer and competitive pricing.

  • Government cost estimates are based on in-house and known industry capabilities, ensuring fair prices and timely delivery schedules.

  • The USGS performs technology assessments when industry capabilities are uncertain.

  • USGS source material is made available to the contractor (for example, geodetic control, map manuscripts, and so on).

  • Data validation provided for data acquired for the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) and the 3D Hydrography Program (3DHP)

  • The GPSC provides established product standards and expertise in geospatial data standards.

  • The USGS develops methods and procedures for special products.

  • The USGS provides expertise in geographic science, data application, and production processes.

The combination of qualified contractors and an experienced Government contracting staff with access to broad-ranging subject matter experts ensures obtaining the desired product or service expeditiously at the best possible price.


Contract Costs

Contract costs are negotiated with QBS contractors. The USGS maintains resident expertise to ensure partners and purchasing organizations receive fair market value for the products they acquire. A six-percent administrative charge is assessed on all contracts.

These contracts were established to support The National Map partners, other federal civilian agency programs, and Department of Defense programs that require data for the United States and its territories.




Architect and Engineering Large Business Contract Holders
Architect and Engineering Small Business Contract Holders




Contracting Officer's Representative (COR)

Walter Kloth, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) Denver, CO



Technical Inquiries


Regional Contacts

A nationwide network of National Map Liaisons promotes partnerships with the National Geospatial Program (NGP) to acquire geospatial data. USGS liaisons interact with over 200 geospatial councils and committees to advance spatial data development in their respective states. Liaisons can assist in coordinating the use of the GPSC contract among the geospatial communities they serve. You may contact The National Map Liaisons serving your state.

Additional Information

For information on other USGS products and services, call 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747), or visit the general interest publications Web site on mapping, geography, and related topics at USGS Publications Warehouse.

For additional information, visit Ask USGS Web site or the USGS home page.