Headlines: Update on Fiscal Year 2017 GPS Appropriations; GPS Backup Discussed at Senate Hearing; GPS Act Reintroduced
GPS Bulletin

Information for Policymakers from the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT)

March 29, 2017

Update on Fiscal Year 2017 GPS Appropriations

On March 9, the House passed H.R. 1301, the revised Department of Defense appropriations bill. The measure would increase overall FY 2017 funding for the GPS program above President Obama's request.

Program Line Item President's Request H.R. 1301
Space Procurement: GPS III Satellites $34.059M $34.059M
Development: GPS III Satellites $141.888M $171.888M
Development: Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) $393.268M $393.268M
Development: Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) $278.147M $309.047M
TOTAL $847.362M $908.032M

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GPS Backup Discussed at Senate Hearing

At a March 22 hearing held by the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, & Coast Guard (OAF&CG) on the State of the Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Commandant responded to questions regarding a GPS backup.

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(The discussion on GPS backup begins at 1:22:09 in the video)

GPS Act Reintroduced 

In February, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) reintroduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act ("GPS Act," S. 395 and H.R. 1062). The legislation seeks to provide clarity for government agencies, commercial service providers, and the public regarding the legal procedures and protections that apply to electronic devices that can be used to track the movements of individual Americans. This legislation was previously introduced in the 113th and 114th Congresses.

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