Campaign: New Tools and Technologies

Apply the Privacy Act to All Data Collected by the Government and Government Contractors

The Privacy Act is a very important, technology-neutral law that helps ensure accountability and transparency when personal information is collected by government agencies. The goal is not to limit the use of technology; it is to help ensure that new technology is used in a way to protect democratic values. Social media, such as YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, offer exciting new opportunities for public participation ...more »

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Campaign: Legal & Policy Challenges

Restore Human Rights

The right to a fair trial, the right to challenge one's detention, the right to humane treatment - these are core human rights. They were a cornerstone of American values, until the Bush administration decided to sacrifice them for the purpose of making us "safe." An important means of restoring human rights is to hold accountable those who violate human rights, either by un-American policies, or by their own direct ...more »

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Campaign: Between Federal Agencies

Protecting Stimulus Funds from Fraud Waste and Abuse

Cooperation between federal agencies and between federal, state, and local governments will be important to combat Fraud, Waste and Abuse of stimulus funds. Governments should implement an effective business process and proven solutions to capture and analyze the allegations that are received across government agencies and the GAO FraudNet from private citizens, contractors, and government workers. Integration between ...more »

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Campaign: Strategic Planning and Budgeting

Establish the President’s Management Council as the key oversight structure for creating a more open government.

Establish the President’s Management Council as the key oversight structure for creating a more open government. The President’s Management Council can effectively engage Deputy Secretaries of the cabinet-level departments and agencies, providing top-level management support for open government. As the key Executive Branch official, the Chief Performance Officer should take responsibility for directing the overall Open ...more »

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Campaign: Legal & Policy Challenges

Disgorgement of Wall Street & Listen to Foot Soldiers when making rules

Guidelines for safe and sound lending practices have been in existence for decades, but after the dot.com bubble were tossed aside. When such enormous and reckless deviations from existing regulation take place; those who benefited from the reckless and unlawful practices should be disgorged immediately and a full investigation should be initiated. http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/rules/2000-8630.html#2000appendixatopart364 ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Accountable budgets or the bill is automatically repealed!

I would like to see a law enacted whereby all bills are subject to financial analysis by the government and private accounting firms whereby prior to consideration for a vote there will be a specific dollar amount per month it will cost each of the citizens of our Country. (Example the Stimulus Package, and Card Check, etc.) This would give a tangible amount that I and others could then decide if we would like to pay. ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Full line item detail: Federal

Release full details of federal government expenditures down to the accounts payable item level so that citizens can see where the money is really going and make meaningful suggestions. Avoid hiding all detail in large budget line items. Possible implementation could include: (A) posting spreadsheets on Google Docs to make the information easily sorted/searched/charted, and (B) allowing interactive discussion/feedback ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Measures to track, report, and improve government transparency and openness

One of the best ways to create accountability is through measurements that track how well an organization is performing against established targets. These measures would provide a means of tracking, reporting, and improving the transparency and openness this initiative is intended to implement. This system of accountability should include:  Success or results measures – How do we measure success? What are the results ...more »

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Campaign: Legal & Policy Challenges

Environment

Why is that citizens are the one's that are punished and fined to support the EPA while letting the real polluters go with not so much as a slap on the wrist. Our vehiles have to be smogged costing us at least $45.00 per vehicle and that is if all testing passes. Factories and large production facilites have caused 99% of the damage to our environment, our wildlife, and our water. I have done extensive research just ...more »

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Campaign: Between Federal Agencies

Rewrite Congress's Job Description

Economists, bankers, and regulators—all failed to protect us from the financial crisis we’re now facing. And they will again—because their job description does not require them to regularly review and revise the entire framework of financial regulation. But Congress might well succeed where these others have so often failed if it rewrites its own job description to include this task. Recurrent financial crises point ...more »

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Campaign: Performance Appraisal

Anonymous evaluation system

Create an easy anonymous web based method for providing feedback and evaluation on all projects. Every project will have a public tracking number and be web searchable. Those with any knowledge or interest in the project can post public comments and suggestions about it with responses being optional. An independent organization can be responsible for investigating any important items of interest. Evil grows in the dark ...more »

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Campaign: Making Data More Accessible

Add Dashboard Account Management Features for Spending Initiatives

Include success criteria, timetables, individuals accountable for success and those responsible for status reporting, running tally for amounts spent, and reasons why each line item is a "good spend." Set up like a dashboard so the public can easily see items that are behind schedule or over budget by flagging "RED", items on target flagged "GREEN", items with issues arising flagged "YELLOW". Make it simple to SEARCH ...more »

Submitted by (@lfduncan)

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