Over the last eight years, our agency maintained a fairly open dialog with the public on issues of scientific and technological advancement. Our agency was able to do so because we looked to the research community and the peer review process for guidance about whether a research breakthrough was valid, important and of interest to the public. 1. To maintain transparency, it should be federal policy that all agencies ...more »
Federal departments can only become more Transparent, Participatory, and Collaborative with outsiders (citizens) unless those same things are adopted INTERNALLY. Those qualities can only show up on the *outside* if they are valued on the *inside*. However, federal departments do NOT have the internal openness that makes it *safe* for their employees (and those of contractors) to suggest ways to make their organizations ...more »
The federal government should create and maintain a set of central libraries of ALL federal documents released to the public. The Department of Energy through OSTI has made a good beginning at doing this with the Energy Citations Database.
That database, good as it is, is incomplete and most newer documents take a long time to be posted. ALL new documents should be posted immediately.
I have five longer proposals up, on Electoral, Intelligence, National Security, and Governance Reform, as well as an Open Source Agency that enables the reforms and reconnects citizens to information and power, but it has been suggested I offer a simplified variation for general consideration. 1. Stop spending $65 billion a year on secret intelligence that ignores 80% of what can be known in 183 languages (but is not ...more »
In reading President Obama’s January 21st “Memorandum For The Heads Of Executive Departments And Agencies” that launched this Transparency and Open Government initiative, you will notice that the whole focus is on the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. This makes sense since the Constitution only gives the President formal management authority over this branch of the government. He can only influence the other ...more »