Campaign: Strategic Planning and Budgeting

Require all agencies to submit a plan for open government

Require all agencies to submit a plan for how they will incorporate open government activities into their missions. Within 180 days, agencies will produce a plan to integrate public involvement and collaboration into all relevant systems [human resources, planning and budget]. Agencies must demonstrate that internal and external stakeholders participate in the development of the plans. Each agency must designate an appropriate ...more »

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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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Campaign: Rulemaking

Address Legal Barriers That Impede Participation and Collaboration

Certain laws and regulations, as well as the manner in which certain agencies interpret these laws and regulations, affect the ability of agencies to engage and collaborate with the public. Among these laws and regulations are the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Government in the Sunshine Act, the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), and the Anti-Pass-The-Hat Provision (in the Treasury ...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: Training and Development

Establish a federal institute for public engagement

Establish a federal institute for public engagement, similar to the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, to gather research on best practices, training and development; develop a knowledge-base; and institute the community of practice. This institute can track collaboration at every stage, including intergovernmental, cross-jurisdictional and within individual agencies.

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Campaign: Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

Convene a national network of community-based policy dialogues on climate readiness and resilient communities

Convene a national network of community-based policy dialogues on climate readiness and resilient communities. Climate change is challenging our assumptions about natural and man-made infrastructure. Local strategies for adapting to and addressing climate change impacts are needed. A concurrent national dialogue consisting of local and regional community-based discussions addressing climate readiness culminating in a ...more »

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Campaign: Between Federal Agencies

Direct the Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) to develop plans for collaborative projects that engage the public on regional issues

Most of the Federal government is actually not based in Washington, DC. Approximately 88 percent of all Federal employees work outside the National Capital Region. Federal programs have their impact largely through the actions of the field representatives of the departments and agencies. The Federal Executive Boards are a forum for communication and collaboration among Federal agencies outside of Washington, DC. The ...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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Campaign: Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

Create a national disaster recovery framework that identifies how the federal government will work across federal agencies

Create a national disaster recovery framework that identifies how the federal government will work across federal agencies and in cooperation with state and local government as well as the nonprofit and private sector. We have a National Response Framework but there is no national framework for long-term recovery and rebuilding. Ideas to develop such a framework are in the initial stages at FEMA/DHS. This idea was ...more »

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