(@shaaslyons)

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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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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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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(@robertdavidsteelevivas)

Strategic Planning and Budgeting

National Security Reform

28 May 09. Responding to comment: Re-Invention would be better than Reform but I cannot change that now. National Security is spending $1 trillion a year against ONE of the ten high-level threats to humanity (Inter-State War) and is completely inept (terrorism, crime, civil war) or unintentested in the others (poverty, infectious disease, environmental degradation, genocide, other atrocities (includes human trafficking),... more »

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(@nationalsecurityarchive)

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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(@gregvanderlaan)

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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(@copa00)

New Strategies and Techniques

Taxation With Representation

Federal, state and local income or sales taxes, if paid by individuals not corporations, should be directly allocated when they are paid. The burden of taxation should be redirected to corporations and lifted from individuals who pay an undue amount of taxes. Each tax form should include a last page illustrating how the previous year's taxes were spent by category and allowing the taxpayer to indicate the percentage of... more »

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(@mll000)

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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(@gmclam)

Legal & Policy Challenges

Reduce Legislative Staff

We elect officials to represent us. We pay them a pretty good salary, plus an expense acount. They are paid for travel and have their own heath care and retirement plans. If that is not enough, they also have multiple offices and hire lots of staff. In other words, just having all of these elected officials cost each and every one of us a pretty penny. When the economy slows, they always scare us with laying off... more »

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(@joshlerner)

New Strategies and Techniques

Require participatory budgeting for all city budgets

Mandate that each city government in the U.S. set up a public participation process in which residents directly decide how to spend part of the municipal budget. This practice, known as participatory budgeting (see ParticipatoryBudgeting.org) is already being practiced in over 1200 cities around the world and it has been endorsed as a best practice of local governance by the United Nations and World Bank. Several countries,... more »

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(@nicholaspotter)

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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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(@longshot9999)

Public-Private Partnerships

Tie Income Taxes to Our Preferences

This idea is intended to give people more say in how their tax dollars are spent. It will also allow those whose religious convictions make spending their tax dollars on certain programs abhorent to withhold their consent. The concept is fairly simple. There would be a section added to the tax form that lists the various governmental departments (mostly based on cabinet positions). Each taxpayer would determine what... more »

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(@dsscheibe)

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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