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Canceled: Engagement Days - Feb. 1-2

January 24, 2017

We regrettably announce that the NGA Engagement Days events scheduled for February 1 and 2 have been canceled due to circumstances beyond our control. Full refunds will be processed this week for those who already registered.

We are actively working with NGA to determine if we will be able to reschedule this event for a date in the near future.

Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

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USGIF’s GEOINT 2017 Symposium Booth Selection Jan. 17-26

January 20, 2017

USGIF will be conducting GEOINT 2017 exhibit space selections Jan. 17-26. Selection of exhibit space will be based on the USGIF priority point system standings as of July 1, 2016. Want to know when your organization can select space? Click here.

Need pricing and details for sponsorship, advertising and meeting room options? Specifics can be found in the GEOINT 2017 prospectus

For any questions about GEOINT 2017 exhibits or sponsorships, please feel free to contact Ashley Jones, USGIF Senior Manager, Exhibit and Sponsorship Services, at

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GEOINT 2017 Training Proposals DUE TODAY, JAN. 20

January 20, 2017

USGIF is offering the opportunity to conduct training and education sessions during the GEOINT 2017 Symposium, June 4-7, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

USGIF organizational members, accredited programs, and working groups may apply to present a two-hour session related to global GEOINT topics, human security, and national or homeland security.

To apply to present training, submit a proposed course outline to no later than Friday, Jan. 20.

See training proposal requirements.

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USGIF CEO Reappointed as Vice Chair of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee

January 12, 2017

USGIF CEO Keith J. Masback was reappointed to a second three-year term as a member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC). He was also reappointed as NGAC’s Vice Chair. The NGAC provides recommendations to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), the interagency executive group responsible for providing leadership and direction in federal geospatial programs. Additionally, Julie Sweetkind-Singer was reappointed as NGAC Chair, along with 14 new and continuing members of the committee.

“It’s absolutely humbling to have the opportunity to continue to serve with such a diverse and talented group in support of the vitally important work of the FGDC,” Masback said. “I eagerly look forward to building on the tremendous legacy of the NGAC’s many contributions over time.”

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LIMITED SEATING! USGIF's Machine Learning Workshop Jan. 10

January 9, 2017

USGIF’s Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Workshop is just days away. Be sure to join us on Jan. 10, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Dulles in Herndon, Va.

This is an opportunity for government, industry, and academia to come together to discuss the current challenges and strategic initiatives related to the role of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive computing, and deep learning in geospatial intelligence. Check out the agenda.


The workshop also includes free access to USGIF’s GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking event directly following the workshop.

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We Did It! Thank You For Donating to our EdGEOcation Giving Campaign

January 3, 2017

USGIF would like to give a BIG THANKS to all the individuals and organizations who donated toward USGIF’s EdGEOcation Giving Campaign, which supports the Foundation’s educational programs! The Foundation was able to raise more than $6,000 in just 13 weeks (with CFC and AmazonSmile contributions still coming in).

All contributions support:

Still looking to make a donation to USGIF? It’s not too late, donate today!

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Get Hired in the GEOINT Community

December 19, 2016

Looking for a job in the GEOINT Community or are you a company currently hiring?

Be sure to sign up for USGIF’s GEOINT Community Job Fair, Jan. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Dulles in Herndon, Va. This event is free for job seekers to find the employers that match their skills and dedication to the Defense, Intelligence, and Homeland Security communities.

Send your resume to for participating employers to review and be sure to REGISTER TODAY!

Employers can reserve a table top by downloading the application or contacting Jeff Ley.

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USGIF to Participate in GEOINT Activities at Local Elementary School

December 1, 2016

USGIF staff will assist several third grade classrooms with a geospatial activity at Moorefield Station Elementary School in Ashburn, Va., Dec. 6-7. The school rented National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map of Africa, a tool used for K-12 students to learn geography in a fun and interactive experience.

USGIF will lead an exciting activity in which students will interact with the 26-foot-by-35-foot map of Africa to identify cities across the continent. These simple lessons in satellite imagery will teach students how to think critically and spatially, all while introducing a topic they may not have learned about otherwise.

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Support USGIF on Giving Tuesday

November 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday

The Tuesday following Thanksgiving kicks off the charitable season with Giving Tuesday. This international day of giving is a movement encouraging people to give back to their local community.

Donating on Giving Tuesday will help USGIF reach its $5,000 EdGEOcation Giving Campaign goal in support of GEOINT educational programs. These programs include offering STEM materials to K-12 classrooms, providing scholarships and GEOINT certificates to college students, and awarding professional certifications.

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NGA's Many Opportunities

November 28, 2016

Maj. Gen. Linda Urrutia-Varhall, director of operations for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), spoke to 140 people at USGIF’s GEOINTeraction Tuesday event Nov. 15 during the Foundation’s 2016 GEOINT Community Week. NGA Deputy Director of Plans and Programs Heidi Smith also gave remarks.

Urrutia-Varhall, who came to NGA in June from her position as assistant deputy chief of staff for ISR at the Pentagon, began her speech by sharing how excited and energized she is to be in her new role.

“I have wanted to be at NGA for the last three assignments,” Urrutia-Varhall said, adding that she personally called NGA Director Cardillo and requested to be considered for the relatively new position. Upon joining NGA, she asked to stay for at least a couple of years to “define and codify” NGA’s director of operations position.

Read the full recap of the event at

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