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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44 votes
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(@lfduncan)

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 »

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8 votes
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(@lewisplan)

Making Government Operations More Open

Revise OMB Circular A-123

Under the Bush administration, OMB Circular A-123, formerly a "management controls" guidance for federal agencies, was revised, making it an "internal control" guidance. Significantly, the revised circular emphasized federal activities as insular and accountable to the President. Circular A-123 once was an important tool for allowing the President, Congress and the public to have oversight of government programs, expenditures... more »

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(@zauberer44)

Legal & Policy Challenges

Mandatory Exit Strategy

My idea is to require any major or minor initiative or bill in congress to outline a minimum of two exit strategies. As any bill exits committee and enters open debate, it must articulate how its effects are intended to work and what mitigation strategies will be used to ensure it maintains its rightful purpose. Each bill will delineate a time frame for objective completion and address optimum as well as adverse scenarios.... more »

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8 votes
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(@arianward)

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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27 votes
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(@andrew.mclauchlin)

New Strategies and Techniques

Harnessing the Power of the Crowd

The concept of “crowd-sourced accountability” -- opening up data for the public to analyze and serve as the government’s eyes and ears to spot potential misuse of government funds -- offers intriguing possibilities. But it also raises an important question for government officials, spanning the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, the Government Accountability Office, federal agencies, states, and localities:... more »

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(@paul.weiss)

Making Government Operations More Open

Monitoring Data.gov for data relationships that could be exploited to do harm

The idea behind Data.gov and the increased openness of government information is powerful and has the promise to drive increased accountability and spur innovation. The potential for the data to be used to enhance the lives of citizens and improve intergovernmental effectiveness is inherently clear. As Data.gov launches, it will be exciting to watch it grow and its impact evolve. However, the potential for the data... more »

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(@john.george)

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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48 votes
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(@jongalt)

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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28 votes
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(@jongalt)

Performance Appraisal

Accountability/Reward Employees

Create a web based accountability and reward system for all employees or organizations which receive federal taxpayer funds using open source web based content management systems to reduce any overhead. For example, allow local citizens to evaluate the performance of employees motivating the lowest performers to improve by being publicly identified, and financially rewarding the top performers for their service to the... more »

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4 votes
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(@jongalt)

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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9 votes
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(@electronicprivacyinformationcenter)

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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(@gundersen)

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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10 votes
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(@bobschacht)

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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121 votes
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(@michaelsblomquist)

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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