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(@rstrother)

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Official agency communications policy should be publicly available on the agency's website

The official agency communications policy should be publicly available on the agency's website. Public affairs staff should have a plan for disseminating the policy to agency scientists and should conduct trainings in effective media communication that emphasize scientific openness.

 

- From the 21st Century RTK Agenda

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(@rstrother)

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Direct the OMB to identify the public’s transparency rights and require agencies to post these rights in government offices

The president should direct the Office of Management and Budget to identify the public’s transparency rights and require agencies to post these rights in government offices and use them in agency communications with the public (e.g., public meetings). A simple straightforward notification of the public's right to know could have benefits for both public awareness and mindfulness of public officials. The list of rights... more »

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(@catsamjas0l9)

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**** We need new laws that protect the unemployed from unscrupulous recruiting, hiring, and HR practices! ****

After applying to so many jobs for so many months, I've seen and experienced first hand many hiring practices that place the unemployed at risk for identity theft, low-balled salaries, and plain old deceptive practices conducted behind the scenes. We needs new laws ASAP that protect the unemployed and ensure the best candidates are hired, and that they are hired based on competencies and skills, not hearsay, personality,... more »

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(@rstrother)

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New Directives to Protect Whisleblowers from Punishment

Directives and legislation providing protection for whistleblowers who disclose waste, fraud, or abuse within an agency, and punitive processes for managers who retaliate against those whistleblowers in their performance reviews should be established. irectives should clarify to all agencies, including law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the expectation that whistleblowers be robustly defended from reprisals and... more »

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(@rstrother)

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Make documents produced by government contractors in their role as gov't surrogates subject to FOIA

The president should direct agencies that when they outsource any of their duties, not limited to records management duties, the contracts should contain provisions specifying that the records produced by the company in its function as a government surrogate belong to the agency and available, as agency records, under FOIA. On Dec. 31, 2007, President Bush signed the OPEN Government Act of 2007 (S. 2488), which includes... more »

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(@catsamjas0l9)

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Lets FLIP the hiring process for all corporate leaders. Imagine this...

...In order for a CEO or other corporate leader to be hired, he or she would need to provide SIGNATURES from the last company at which they worked. If they led a company of 100,000, then 10,000 FRONT LINE signatures affirming his or her competencies would be required. ...In order for a company to not have to pay any taxes, it would have to provide FULL employment and health benefits in every community in which it resides.... more »

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(@gbtorsion)

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Legalize Marijuana And Solve Many Tax Issues / Prison Issues

To legalize marijuana would mean an end to the billions of wasted dollars fighting this "war on drugs". A war, that anyone who grew up in America and went to public schools, saw first hand was lost. Imagine taxation on an herb that has many positive potentials. It can be used to make food, clothes, rope, and hell, even money. To make it illegal costs far more money and it cuts out many potential benefits from it's legalization.... more »

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Restore Our Republic

Dismantle the de facto fascist state created under the fascist Bush regime and restore our republic with its democratic political process, the rule of law, our civil rights, and the separation of church and state. PS #1; The original definition of fascism by the Italian philosopher Giovanni Gentile is as follows: Fascism, a system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the... more »

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(@kateahunter)

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Open Government and Right to Public Trial

The US is holding prisoners at GITMO and numerous other dark detention sites in this country and elsewhere without charge, without access to attornies, without hope of trial or release. Many have been tortured. None of this is constitutional, moral, ethical, or consistent with American values. All of this is done in secrecy. The President has taken the Bush administration's policies even further by espousing the value... more »

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(@catsamjas0l9)

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A Comment on the New Credit Card Bill...

I only hope it addresses an issue close to me, one I ran into with a card called "CareCredit." After incurring and paying off early a several thousand dollar vet bill for my cat, with the exception of 300.00 out of nearly 6K, the credit card company first erroneously charged me interest after a few months when it should have been free for a year, and worse, much worse, I learned they charged me interest on the 5000.00... more »

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work with Congress to codify key changes into law

It would be a shame if this effort only stopped with executive orders, regulations, and memoranda. The next president could wipe all of this out with the stroke of a pen, on January 20, 2013. It's key to work with Congress to get changes into law, to prevent the changes from being changed back by a more secretive president.

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Oversight to reduce medical price gouging.

The medical profession resists government intervention in their services but at the same time are routinely gouging patients for common medical procedures such as tetanus shots, X-rays, electrocardiograms, and blood work. Let a neutral, qualified agency such as the Center For Disease Control establish fair standards for common medical costs.

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Address disparate state legislation regarding voter eligibility

Right now in America, there are over 4 million people - living, working, paying taxes in our communities - who can't participate in the democratic process because of felony convictions. A felony is defined as a crime that carries a potential penalty of one year or longer in prison. Most convicted felons are not violent criminals, and many felons never actually serve any time in prison for their crime. It's also important... more »

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