PUBLIC LAW 106-148—DEC. 9, 1999 113 STAT. 1723 "(B) the responsibilities of the State geological surveys, with emphasis on mechanisms that incorporate the needs, missions, capabilities, and requirements of the State geological surveys, into the nationwide geologic mapping program; "(C) mechanisms for identifying short- and long-term priorities for each component of the geologic mapping program, including— "(i) for the Federal component, a priority-setting mechanism that responds to— "(I) Federal mission requirements for geologic map information; "(II) critical scientific problems that require geologic maps for their resolution; and "(III) shared Federal and State needs for geologic maps, in which joint Federal-State geologic mapping projects are in the national interest; "(ii) for the State component, a priority-setting mechanism that responds to— "(I) specific intrastate needs for geologic map information; and "(II) interstate needs shared by adjacent States that have common requirements; and "(iii) for the education component, a priority-setting mechanism that responds to requirements for geologic map information that are dictated by Federal and State mission requirements; "(D) a mechanism for adopting scientific and technical mapping standards for preparing and publishing genersdana special-purpose geologic maps to— "(i) ensure uniformity of cartographic and scientific conventions; and "(ii) provide a basis for assessing the comparability and quality of map products; and "(E) a mechanism for monitoring the inventory of published and current mapping investigations nationwide to facilitate planning and information exchange and to avoid redundancy.". SEC. 7. NATIONAL GEOLOGIC MAP DATABASE. Section 7 of the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 (43 U.S.C. 31f) is amended by striking the section heading and all that follows through subsection (a) and inserting the following: "SEC. 7. NATIONAL GEOLOGIC MAP DATABASE. "(a) ESTABLISHMENT.— "(1) IN GENERAL.— The Survey shall estabhsh a national geologic map database. "(2) FUNCTION. —The database shall serve as a national catalog and archive, distributed through links to Federal and State geologic map holdings, that includes— "(A) all maps developed under the Federal component and the education component; "(B) the databases developed in connection with investigations under subclauses (III), (IV), and (V) of section 4(d)(l)(C)(ii); and "(C) other maps and data that the Survey and the Association consider appropriate.".