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Social Media and the Government

In order to foster better dialogue between government agencies and the individuals they serve, encourage and foster the use of Social Media. Reduce the restrictions currently placed on government employees in accessing various social media sites, and allow departments and individuals to extend the voice of the government to the people through various new media outlets. For those agencies dealing with public health messaging... more »

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Centralize petitions to Congress and the President

I worked as an intern in the House of Representatives and what astonished me the most was the outdated system we use for alerting representatives to the problems faced by the American people. Every day, each member of Congress receives hundreds of letters, some through e-mail, some handwritten, asking for a response to a very small number of issues. Most of these issues demand collaboration between many members of Congress.... more »

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Cookies

Personalizing site content for users, enabling log term shopping carts and improving site usage are key to providing the public the best possible web experience and these functions are reliant on cookies and other technologies currently limited by various approval requirements. As a result, agencies may end up either forgoing the use, or they seek approval but may not seek to establish additional necessary controls to... more »

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Add Web2.0-style Account Management Features for IRS Web site

The process of filing tax returns, dealing with the Internal Revenue Service, and making sure that the right amount of tax has been paid is an enormous challenge that all Americans go through each year. Currently the tax administration process works like this: taxpayers receive documents about the income and deductions, they use these documents to fill out various tax forms, and submit the forms to the IRS. The IRS compiles... more »

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AmericaSpeaks 21st Century Town Hall Meeting Particpation Technology

The nonprofit AmericaSpeaks has pioneered a model that allows thousands of people to give thoughtful input on an important issue or decision, and to summarize and prioritize this input quickly and effectively. In a nutshell, diverse partcipants are educated about an issue and take part in facilitated small group dialogues. Following some discussion, groups of about 10 people brainstorm lists of ideas that are entered... more »

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Create an Online Citizen Participation Portal

The creation of an online portal for citizen participation would be an institutionalized government portal that would allow citizens to research, discuss, and oversee formation of public policy as well as locate and log community service. The closest thing to this so far would be a hybrid of the creations of the Sunlight Foundation, primarily OpenCongress.org. It would provide a portal for citizens to review and comment... more »

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(@wondernugget)

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The BoobTube Rules The Mind!

In order to have a transparent government we need to get the American people involved. The only way to succeed is to make it more interesting so people can watch it on a video VIA Television and newer means of viewing. Television was created as a communication tool and now it's just a box of advertisements and programs designed to keep us watching. We should use this tool and create a prime (non cable channel) Television... more »

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Social Security Number Security Dashboard

Since identity theft is so rampant nowadays I think it would be very helpful to create a SSN Usage Portal being indicative of the current usage of a SSN by the various Government Agencies thus trying to have an early warning system of any kind of fraudulent activities. In case of valid usage it should show a green sign for a given agency, but in case of any kind of suspicious activity it should change to orange or red,... more »

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Chagora

There's a link between money, speech and the ability to participate. Political MicroDonation (under $1) with Electoral/Geographic Networking is vital for scaling representation. Especially in grassroots issue or legislative lobbying and for new candidates and ideas. It's the Power of Small Money, Large Numbers & Immediate Feedback! It's a fundamental of speech and association. (Chagora is NOT Monetized via any addition... more »

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Communications systems _ IRS

You might check with Southwest Airlines, and find out how their anwering sytem works, or who is the party that does their contracting for their customer service system. The system will automatically redial your number with an available agent as soon as one is available. Yesterday, I spent almost 45 minutes waiting an IRSperson who could respond to a question (but not answer it, as it turned out). They were not aware... more »

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Combining expert systems technology with web2.0 to deliver an automated, extensible, knowledge base

To whom it may concern, I have developed a way to easily store, distribute, and build a large knowledge database via the internet. This was accomplished by with a system easy enough to use, that relatively unsophisticated users can develop knowledge-based applications and depoly them in a matter of minutes. We accomplished this by implementing an intuitive expert system development environment with web2.0 technology... more »

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(@rstrother)

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Centralized Digital System for FOIA Requests

The president should instruct the E-Government Administrator to implement a centralized digital system for Freedom of Information Act requests that interacts with each agency's FOIA office. Such a system could find and manage requests more efficiently and reduce the duplication of requests, since many requests, as well as any released documents, could be made publicly available through each agency’s online reading room.... more »

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Information Sharing & Security

Today's networks are so interconnected, it is becoming increasing difficult to define a network. Defending the information a network handles is even harder. Traditional methods are simply not able to keep up with the rapid growth of connectivity. New applications such as social networking have increased the complexity of information distribution across connected networks to the point that information cannot be protected... more »

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