Making Government Operations More Open

Making Government Operations More Open

Answer Suggestions from the Public

Diversity of thought is an important American characteristic. We hold a variety of opinions for a variety of reasons, and these varying perspectives allow us to consider a wide range of options.

What I would like to see are official, direct, concise answers to questions and comments from the public about the major issues of the day. We do not expect to agree on every issue. Two people cannot do that, let alone hundreds... more »

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(@lbaskett)

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Make all illegal acts unclassified

We propose a law that automatically makes unclassified any evidence of illegal government action or policy.

Any person who publicly reveals classified information, information that the person can show evidences illegal government action/policy, shall be exempt from prosecution under laws pertaining to classified information.

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(@lbaskett)

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On/off-the-record rule

We propose a new guideline regarding whether a government official should talk to the press on- or off-the-record:

Any government official who gives a reporter information that supports the government's position should be considered "on-the-record," i.e. the reporter should be able to source the information to the official.

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Truth is the only real 'Open'

Apparently lying to Congress is a crime, but how many folks have served time for this crime. I would propose an active government department, with the help of all the NGOs out there, to prosecute anyone lying in Congress. I think if a person knowingly lies they should go to jail and if they are a member of Congress they should lose their seat. If they unknowingly lie they should be forced to apologize and state the... more »

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ROI or EVA analysis of government programs

Non-partisan 3rd party to establish ROI or EVA template, and then:
1) Use data.gov datasets as inputs
2) Analyze all programs or expenditures
3) Allow users to sort, download, etc
4) Include Congressional sponsors, their top campaign contributors, and web form for sponsor constituents to express their opinion directly to the sponsors

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(@pinkpearls)

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Transparency and Good Government:

Until we get a president who will stop priortizing political outcome over justice, asking and answering pointless questions is just busy work to keep We the People occupied.

What good does it do to know what are the right things to be doing if one-tenth of one percent keep calling policy and 21% of an extremist population still drive WH thinking? This president made campaign trail promises that got him elected. He is... more »

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(@stephenbuckley)

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Let's Be Clear on the Terminology about "Public Engagement"

We need to better define the terms that we are using in order to have a better discussion about how we achieve Open Government.

If we all have different ideas about what is (and is not) "public engagement" or "transparency" or (insert buzzword here), then we will have a hard time reaching consensus about how to go forward. (This is the lesson from "The Tower of Babel".)

For example:

"Public Engagement" -- If... more »

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Consolidate Inspectors General under a single IG answering directly to the President and Congress

Agencies have proven time and time again that they are inherently incapable of policing their own, especially when it concerns the people at the top. In the last few years, there were several attempts by agency leadership to either fire their IG or obstruct the efforts of IG personnel, such as at the CIA, State Department and GSA. Congress has tried to give IG's some degree of independence, but they still answer to... more »

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Legislative Accountability: FOIA and Legislators

Under the current Freedom of Information Act, materials created by the executive branch can be withheld from public scutiny by members of Congress.

As an example, drafts of legislation after one set of lobbyists gets involved in changes of language, policy or law are considered unreachable by the public. Having access to the texts after each set of lobbyist gets involved helps to hold Congress to a higher standard:... more »

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(@rstrother)

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Revise Procedures for Designating Classified Information

The president should issue a presidential directive to the executive branch that tasks the Information Security Oversight Office with chairing an interagency taskforce to revise the framework for designating information that requires classification in the interest of national security (Executive Order 12958, as amended), with the objective of reducing national security secrecy to the essential minimum, declassifying all... more »

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