Federal Advisory Committees

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Department of Peace

A Department of Peace, funded by a percent tax on all war contracts, will serve to organize, educate and facilitate peaceful responses to the causes of war, including famine, poverty, and ignorance. The Department of Peace with be a resource for non-profits, non-governmental and governmental organizations to aid and collaborate on alternative to war. The institution will work in conjunction with the goals of the United ...more »

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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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Establish Web Pages that run live feeds of FACA Meetings & Accept Public Comments

FACA committee rules should be revised in several areas. 1. At a minimum each committee should have a web page that provides explanatory materials about the Committee's mission, charge and agenda. 2. The web page should allow outside groups to post materials and offer input on the items being considered. 3. Committee meetings should be broadcast on streaming video over the web. 4. Materials should be archived for a ...more »

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Prosecute

Prosecute top levels (to include Bush) of the Bush administration for war crimes and treason. This should include all who have vocally supported outing CIA agent Valerie Plaine.

Moving forward means repairing the past. No more excuses, I dont want to see pictures, I want to see procecutions!!!

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Increase participation of the affected public in FACA committees

Federal Advisory Committees are an important mechanism for in-depth discussion between agencies and the public. Rules and guidelines need improvement, but also agencies may not be able to afford to establish and maintain all of the FACA committees they need. It is especially important to involve the people who will be most affected by the rules under discussion! Therefore: Experiment with online access (and use of library ...more »

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Reduce the Role of Vested Interests in Advising Government

Federal Advisory Committees should be regulated in such a manner that vested interests are restricted to a minority voice. FACs should be composed of educated citizens that are not in conflict of interest and in no position to make scads of money should their advice be taken. Currently these groups are stacked overwhelmingly (if not exclusively) with those whose interests run counter to the public good - and toward their ...more »

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Military Families -- both active duty and reserves and national guard troops

I am a veteran and a woman. I loved my job during active duty for over the eight years I served in the Army. I scoffed at the idea during my initial training in Fort Lee, VA., when told by a female cadre, that if I wanted to make the military a career -- never have children. I was married and we did not have children until 8 years into my supply logistics career. I reluctantly left the service when little support was ...more »

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FACA and Consensus Building

Those working to collaborate and build consensus on policy development and solutions and with federal agencies and other governmental programs at the state, local and tribal levels and with stakeholders from the civic and business sectors, have found the FACA, as currently set forth, to be an inhibitor of open collaboration. This has led to contorted collaboration practices where the convener must inform those participating ...more »

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Aviation

The Airlines industries used 9/11 to declare bankruptcy and used that time to reduce or eliminate: pensions, job permanence, training requirements and wages. This is making air travel more risky. A pilot pays as much for their training as a doctor and has the responsibility for the life of all their passangers. The Government must expect aviation to pay their pilots well and put into place more reasonable working conditions. ...more »

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