Making Government Operations More Open

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Florida's Open Government Model

Gov. Charlie Crist created the Office of Open Goverment on his first day as Gov. The Office’s primary functions are to assure full and expeditious compliance with Florida’s open government and public records laws, and to provide training to all executive agencies under the Gov.'s purview on transparency and accountability. Each agency was directed to designate a person at the agency who will act as the agency’s public... more »

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Make the IRS auditors open and accountable to citizens

The IRS is the opposite of an open government. They operate in a "we are always right" fashion and are nearly impossible to get help from. They have been created for a purpose to collect money for the people to help our nation of the people. However, they forgot along the way that the same people they treat with indifference and as a number are those that they are working for. First, the IRS should not deploy an assumption... more »

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General Transparency and Openness

It is a very complex issue; perhaps a tactical and strategic approach and goals are necessary. A tactical approach could be to require each organization within each Department/Administration/Office have a web portal that provides the following information to both internal and external parties. • Organization Purpose/Function • Inputs • Process • Output • Average cost per output product/service/result • Performance... more »

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Americans & American Government Conference

So to really move forward on fundamentals in vocations we all organize/attend conferences to get "the current state" of the field, but most importantly the NEW IDEAS of the field. I suggest a conference where Americans gather and show off their big ideas for government transparency. For example: I work in Indiana University's Advanced Visualization Lab, and if I went to this conference I would make an information visualization... more »

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Support a 72-Hour Mandatory Public Review Period on Major Spending Bills

In effort to help eliminate billions of dollars in wasteful spending, I recently announced my support for a 72-hour mandatory minimum public review period on all major spending bills brought before Congress. This 72-hour review proposal, which would help to prevent taxpayer-funded outrages such as the empty “Airport for No One” in the congressional district of Democratic Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and huge bonuses for AIG... more »

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Endorse creation of statutory Chief Privacy Officers for each Cabinet Level Agency

With the increased collection of, and reliance upon, personal information in agency decision making it is critical that a countervailing voice for privacy be established at the Deputy or Under Secretary level. The Department of Homeland Security, the only Federal agency with a Presidentially appointed Chief Privacy Officer, has the visibility and necessary access to levers of power to have one of the most effective privacy... more »

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Adopt WH Ethics Code for Congress

Congress should adopt the Ethics Commitments By Executive Branch Personnel for congressional personnel. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Ethics-Commitments-By-Executive-Branch-Personnel/ Furthermore, this should be enacted as a law and not simply as a recommendation. Second, there should be a law requiring that anyone petitioning congressional officials do so in writing which will then be made available... more »

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Disclose all UFO records and information to the public

The UK and France have begun releasing UFO files to the public relaxing decades of secrecy into this issue. This subject needs disclosing, in which many polls from CNN have shown that 80% of the American public belive the UFO issue is real, and a further 60% beliving in the extraterrestrial presence. This issue has been documented throughout governments worldwide, and objects are regually seen by civil and military pilots... more »

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Gays in military

Probably the worst example of lack of transparency is in regard to gays in the military. How can we even talk about transparency while we fire gays for simply being transparent? Talk about having our heads in the sand! We could have a national debate about the issue if the facts could be accessed.How many gays do we have in the military now? We can't even answer that simple question! We are so hypocritical, we can't even... more »

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Encourage the use of online dispute resolution technology to manage questions or problems associated with open/transparent gover

Opening government to greater participation and scrutiny will, inevitably, lead to questions, challenges, and in some cases disputes regarding information, processes, and services associated with open government functions. Government agencies already operate with a mandate to develop and use alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and ADR programs currently are associated with workplace disputes, citizen input to rule... more »

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Make It Safe for Govt. Workers to Innovate to Save Money

Federal departments can only become more Transparent, Participatory, and Collaborative with outsiders (citizens) unless those same things are adopted INTERNALLY. Those qualities can only show up on the *outside* if they are valued on the *inside*. However, federal departments do NOT have the internal openness that makes it *safe* for their employees (and those of contractors) to suggest ways to make their organizations... more »

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Get rid of Presidential Signing Statements as line-item vetoes

The Executive Branch needs to accept that they operate under the laws passed by Congress, and stop using signing statements to negate part of these laws. If part of a law is unconstitutional, it should be reviewed by the Judiciary. The Executive has the responsibility to faithfully execute the laws passed by the popular body, and is not above such limitations on power. Even though these statements are published in the... more »

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STOP hiding behind national security

There is no open government without a clear directive from the executive (backed by congress) in support of a free and open internet and the prosecution of officials that have hidden their criminal activity behind the veil of national security. 1. There is no amount of government transparency that will erase years of torture, illegal wiretapping, warrantless surveillance, the suspension of habeus corpus, the targeting... more »

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Make the US Patent & Trademark Office More Accountable

I'm writing in my personal capacity as a citizen and not as a patent examiner. I believe that the USPTO should be made more accountable. I believe that the USPTO unfairly and illegally denies FOIA requests for information that it does have, or charges exorbitant and unwarranted fees in order to block the disclosure of information that it has that would shed light on much of its patent operations and personnel actions... more »

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