There are so many talented - and unemployed - people who need work. It is a shame it is so difficult for them to obtain work from, by, and with the government. How many individuals could be helped if some of these initiatives were opened up to teams of American citizens, each with unique competencies. That is, have the government create team leaders in a way, of very specific bite sized initiatives. Then bring in unemployed ...more »
Local governments across the United States partner with countless non-profit service organizations to provide all kinds of services to constituents - education, health, children's services, etc. The government spends billions through grants and contracts to these providers, but often does not have the capacity to ensure that these organizations are meeting their goals. For example, supplementary educational organizations ...more »
So far we've been spending trillions to try and resuscitate defunct DOW companies and a non-existent Wall Street. I propose that we give Small a chance and let Big digest its trillions. To wit, we need to transform the SBA from a place for dry cleaners to get loans into a dynamic, web driven micro-finance agency. Citizens should be able to get grants and Government backed loans in the amount of $100,000, 1M or 10M, ...more »
Oregon has developed a unique approach to Social Services and Health Care for Seniors, Disabled, and those in poverty. It is a fundamental belief that communities are in a much better position to determine and provide these services - Portland social service needs are not the same as Molalla social service needs. The Community-Based approach includes the recent Community Congress held in Clackamas County to advise the ...more »
Collaborative processes are adjuncts to traditional democratic processes. As such, they have to measure up to principles of good democratic practice. One of the core principles by which a collaborative process will be measured is the extent to which it is inclusive and representative of the public and key stakeholder interests. If it fails to be inclusive and representative, the outcomes of the process will likely not ...more »
One of the biggest challenges a citizen faces when trying to be an engaged citizen is that he or she has a time crunch. Part of that time crunch is due to the fact that most of our waking hours are spent at work, and that after work we barely have the time to meet our other roles, responsibilities, and pleasures, much less time to research, think about and take targeted action on issues that are important to them! ...more »
Aren't "public-private partnerships" the fundamental aspect of Fascism? Mussolini said Fascism is more appropriately called Corporatism. Reminds me of how things are going here. Hitler tried public-private partnerships and you see how magical Nazi Germany was. We have a the worse, most dangerous public-private partnership there is: The creation of money by the Federal Reserve. Fascist!
Create an open dialogue event similar to this one where a single (Federal or State) agency answers questions from the public in pre-set categories. Agency answers are measured via a Performance Dashboard (green, yellow, red) where the public votes on a few measurements during the forum. 1) Openness (frank and honest answers) during the dialogue 2) Conciseness 3) Precision (answered to the point) and usefulness of answer ...more »
Larger cities have Consolidated Plans, for community development, but who reads them? Government agencies have goals. Nonprofits have goals. For profit organizations have community service goals. The President has goals. Congress has goals. Governors and state legislatures have goals. Mayors and city councils have goals. Where is the government "Interstate Highway" Website that puts all these goals together, in ...more »
In 2006, the Department of Defense (DoD) Advanced Systems and Concepts group called for a 21st century approach to IT procurement, in their acquisition modernization publication entitled Open Technology Development (OTD). GTF answers that call for DoD and (fed/state/local) civilian agencies alike, introducing Service Based Procurement (SBP) processes in a Model Based Acquisition (MBA) value chain, enabled by the Open ...more »
If you really don't want to control the Auto companies then issue the tax payers the stock and let them do what they want with it.
Make a grant available to cover UP to 50% of the cost to instal solar panels on businesses or individuals homes. It would be fairly simple, but require panels to be made in the USA, and possibly only cover cost of panels themselves to limit price fluffing on instillation costs.
The Obama administration is trailblazing in health care by requiring an electronic health record. Higher education suffers from a lot of the same problems as health care yet most of the focus in education is centered around PK12.
I am a part of the small business, and we would like to partner with larger businesses and a local university to be able to provide services to the government. Being "outside the beltway" and actually outside the Northern Virginia area, we can do software development and other services for much less than the typical "big guys" that seem to get all of the work. I think it would be interesting if we could submit proposals, ...more »
The other day in Wisconsin Obama said "with gov't run health care you will be able to keep your own doctor and your own insurance" What he didn't tell you is that in order to control costs there will be a bureaucracy in Washington telling your doctor what he can do and what he can't do in treating you. He also didn't tell you that the government will have to ration health care (espcially for the elderly) and accessibility ...more »