Campaign: Rulemaking

In rulemaking & other comment periods, involve the public early; encourage interaction

Public comments in the final stages of rulemaking (the process agencies use to translate legislation into action) are not the most participatory technique, but - online - they are far more transparent than in the past, and generally mandatory! However, by the time a proposed rule or other action is open for comments, important decisions may already have been made. Involving the public earlier and increasing interaction ...more »

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Campaign: Legal & Policy Challenges

Where Is The Outrage?

For centuries, fundamental economic market-place requirements have been few and simple: 1) a meeting of the minds, 2) between competent, buyers and sellers, 3) acting in good faith. Even today’s global market is a seamless extension of each nation’s electronic apparatus, patched together to accommodate billions of individual, arm-length’s business transactions conducted at light-speed. Yet, regardless of the complexity ...more »

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Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Transparency for and public involvement in classification and Controlled Unclassified Information reviews

Yesterday President Obama directed an examination of classification policy overseen by the National Security Advisor and assigned the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security with examining the information sharing problems associated with sensitive controlled unclassified information (CUI). Nothing in yesterday's presidential memorandum addresses public involvement in either of these ...more »

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Campaign: Rulemaking

Repairing the regulatory damage from the Bush era

For the eight years of the Bush administration, the political appointees in the departments and agencies were tasked with creating an enduring legacy of rules that benefit commercial interests over the public interest. Which was to be expected, when James Watts' alcolytes ran Interior, and former pesticide lobbyists were making policy regarding pesticide regulation. That was part of the general pattern of placing people ...more »

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Campaign: Rulemaking

Review and update the Negotiated Rulemaking Act of 1990

Negotiated rulemaking, first adopted in 1990 and reauthorized in 1996, has been an important innovation in federal rulemaking and was designed specifically to increase transparency and broaden participation of those affected by regulations. It has its critics, but most would agree it's potential has not been realized. I recommend a review of the implementation of "reg negs" and update of the law to incorporate the tenets ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

The Scales of Judgment and Participation -- Use the Bogart Method

I remember watching the end of the movie, 'The Maltese Falcon'. Ole Bogart was gonna send a babe that he loved up the river.. Tearstruck- she turned towards him and said - "Dont you love me?", "Sure I love you Doll...but you killed my partner -Miles, you havent once been straight with me ...I've got this and a bunch of other things on one side of the scale....and all I've got on the other side is, ...more »

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