Campaign: Making Data More Accessible

Provide an online, visually interactive, one-stop-shop, federal budget website.

A single website that allows users to interactively and visually explore the federal budget. The site should start out with basic high-level information about revenue, expense, deficit, and then allow users to click on a category of interest to drill down into the details and see precisely where money is being spent. Most people are not economists so the information should be basic but allow users the opportunity to ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Make Congress READ bills cover to cover before voting on them.

Congress most of the time doesn't even know what they are voting on, some nameless aids write it and the tell them what it is about.

2. Show Where in the Constitution they have the authority to do what they are trying to do.

3. Make a mandatory balanced budget.

4. Make them publish their voting record in their home districts.

5. They shouldn't be able to spend money they don't have absolute proven fund for.

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Campaign: Strategic Planning and Budgeting

Fully fund participation and collaboration activities

Agencies generally do not adequately plan for or budget to integrate public participation or collaborative processes into their programmatic work. To undertake small and large-scale public participation or collaborative efforts, agencies often have to re-program personnel and dollars or look to other program sources, effectively “robbing Peter to pay Paul.” Additionally, many public participation and collaborative efforts ...more »

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Campaign: Hiring & Recruitment

2. Integrate Participation and Collaboration into All Major Systems of Federal Agencies

Creating a more open government will require most federal agencies to fundamentally shift how they interact with the public. Within 180 days, agencies should produce a plan to integrate public involvement and collaboration into all relevant systems, including: • Hiring, recruiting and promotion • Performance agreements and appraisal • Award and incentive systems • Rotations and special assignments • Program assessment ...more »

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Required personal finance education in high schools

Smarter consumers are smarter citizens. Given the number of problems related to people not understanding their finances that have spread exponentially over the past year, its in the government's best interest to make sure people know the best way to make their money work for them. Had this sort of program been in place, we might have avoided some of the current crises we now face. First: Personal finance. From balancing ...more »

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Campaign: Records Management

Use the Federal Record Act (and the Budget Process) to Implement Effective Record Retention Policies

To ensure meaningful advances in information disclosure under the new directive, the Obama administration must address the ongoing problem of electronic recordkeeping. Across the federal government, agencies do not have adequate systems to store and retrieve electronic records, including e-mail communications, to ensure that these records are properly archived, preserved, searchable, and accessible for public disclosure. ...more »

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Campaign: Legal & Policy Challenges

Enact the Balanced Budget Veto Amendment

The Balanced Budget Veto Amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution put forth in a paper by Anthony Hawks published by the libertarian Cato Institute, with the intention of establishing a self-enforcing mechanism to reduce deficit spending. The amendment gives the President line-item veto authority over spending for one year, if the prior year's budget is unbalanced. Such an amendment would ...more »

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Campaign: Strategic Planning and Budgeting

End The War in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009. GET US OUT.

These wars are a waste of taxpayer's money and a waste of soldier's lives. Let those countries figure out solutions to their own problems. We can not afford to fight over there. Let's use our limited resources to fix problems at home. For Example: We could employ soldiers as school teacher assistants. During Peacetime, there are not many tasks to occupy a soldier's time. They could be kept busy by teaching practical math ...more »

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Campaign: Making Data More Accessible

Real Time Federal Spending

Provide Updates to USASpending.gov to include other metrics similar to SEC filings for businesses. Cash Flow statements, income and balance sheets, and a covenant agreement showing specifically how our debt load will not impede our ability to manage and operate the day to day operations of our country. It should also include projected expenditures referenced to line items in the budget. Every manner of chart, graph, ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Allow people to allocate a percent of their taxes.

Let tax payers to allocate, say 1% of their taxes as they want. This would not be enough to prevent our representatives from doing the business of the government, but would show, on a yearly basis how the people think their money should be spent. In addition, I would like the results, with proper statistical categorization to be available so that we could see which groups, areas, etc. wanted to send the money in different ...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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