Campaign: Do-It-Yourself Government

If God is content with 10%, why should the Federal Government need more?

LOL. Repeal the 16th. Add amendment: Federal Government shall be content with a 10% sales tax, and shall apply no other taxes. Federal Government shall confine itself to its means and stay within its budget. Federal Government shall be free to petition God for extra money if they make budgeting mistakes. All, and I mean ALL excise taxes are prohibited. Obama, give back the SCHIP taxes. That was wrong, and bad. ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Who are the open government dialog participants?

The idea of the open government dialog is great, but who are we having a dialog with? Using the “town meeting” analogy, there are no anonymous participants. When you say something in such a meeting you usually are known or state your name. Perhaps the same should apply here – the participating citizens should identify themselves. Part of a dialog is trust, how can I trust an anonymous voice? How many voices are really ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Deliberative Democratic models of Governance

what has always upset me about this government has been a lack of transparency and one of the reasons why we lack transparency frankly is due to the institution of representation itself. Within political science research has shown that highly centralized forms of governance tend towards corruption for a myriad of reasons I won't get into here. On important issues like health care, though, I know that the American public ...more »

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Campaign: Public-Private Partnerships

Starting a New Deal

Generally I see that a majority of Americans feel they are being lied to but this is actually a case of being stumped. If you have never been stumped they listen here, it is easy to get stumped and laughed at on the way to the bank. So here is the lesson. The Middle East Opec nations may not have over two hundred gasoline stations compared to the 5,000 or more in America and yet to think that they need more is absurb ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Allow download of complete set of ideas, comments & votes in delimited format

In preparing for Phase II of this Open Government Dialogue, it would be very helpful if there was an easy way to download the complete set of the ideas, comments and votes in a delimited text format or some other well-structured format. Without such access, the limitations of the Ideascale platform make it very difficult to digest and synthesize the ideas and comments. The ability to download the complete data set - ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Allow download of complete set of ideas, comments & votes in delimited format

In preparing for Phase II of this Open Government Dialogue, it would be very helpful if there was an easy way to download the complete set of the ideas, comments and votes in a delimited text format or some other well-structured format. Without such access, the limitations of the Ideascale platform make it very difficult to digest and synthesize the ideas and comments. The ability to download the complete data set - ...more »

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Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

Use moderators

Reviewing today's "This Week In IdeaScale" email, there were 41 ideas listed but, by my count, only 10 dealt with government openness.

That means those who want to participate have to wade through the 75% irrelevant garbage to get to the 25% of suggestions which are germane.

Use volunteer moderators to remove - or at least segregate - those comments/suggestions which are off-topic.

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Campaign: Federal Advisory Committees

President’s Open Government Advisory Committee

The Committee shall consist of members appointed by the President, including representatives of media organizations; nonprofit groups using government data; nonprofit groups supporting government transparency; academic researchers; and information-technology firms. The Committee shall provide the Office of Chief Technology Officer with expert, independent advice on increasing public access to Federal government information ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Time to update the Freedom of Information Act

The government's own statistics and various studies from the National Security Archive and others have shown the massive delays in processing FOIA requests. Drafting and application of FOIA exemption claims and classification policy has been demonstrated to depend too heavily on the attitude of the particular administration towards openness. Governments frequently confuse what they perceive to be the interest of the ...more »

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Campaign: Federal Advisory Committees

Reopen the Office of Technology Assessment

The Office of Technology Assessment was a respected nonpartisan office whose job was supplying information to congress about upcoming technological possibilities including both opportunities and risk. It was defunded in the 1980's. Arguably the role a new and enhanced OTA would serve is more important than ever. A new OTA would help serve as an important mediator of information to congress and to the publc and improve ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

A National Approach to Public Engagement: Discovering Common Ground from Neighborhood to Nation

Institute of the Commons (http://www.iotc-hub.org) Submitted by co-directors, Kenoli Oleari and Marc Tognotti A National Approach to Public Engagement: Discovering Common Ground from Neighborhood to Nation We recommend a bold and far-reaching but simple and doable process for re-energizing citizenship across the country, connecting individuals and local vision, purpose and action to national and global vision, purpose ...more »

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Campaign: Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

Convene a discussion on alternatives for the storage and disposal of spent reactor fuel.

Convene a discussion on alternatives for the storage and disposal of spent reactor fuel. With the storage disposal mechanism at Yucca Mountain off the table and a desire to use nuclear power to reduce carbon use, there is an opportunity to demonstrate the value of public participation and collaboration. This idea was developed by Federal managers at a conference on March 30-31, called Champions of Participation, which ...more »

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