Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

Encourage State and Local Governments to Become More Open and Inclusive

President Obama’s historic commitment to open government has inspired people across the country with a renewed belief that government can and should be transparent, participatory and collaborative. In Seattle, WA, the City Council has formed an Open Government Committee to explore and recommend ways to improve citizens’ access to public documents and seek more diverse community input on issues affecting the city in advance... more »

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Child Support should be transparent

As child support stands a non-custodial parent is pays %33 net of his/her income –that is before taxes and other items. However, once it has been paid the parent has no rights to know what the money is used for. The non-custodial parent (child supporter) must pay taxes on this money and receives no tax deductions! With no legal means to know if the money is being used to support the child or children, and no legal tools... more »

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A Workers Compensation Manifesto

We, the Injured Workers of United States of Amrerica contend the following iniquities of the Workers' Compensation System. • The Workers Compensation System does NOT enforce its own laws and statutes already in place for the benefit of injured workers: a. Timely diagnosis and medical treatment and approval of such treatment within the time frame set by existing laws b. Timely automatic benefits within the time frame... more »

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(@jss000)

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Universal voting for one nation.

In this era of technology, it seems we are behind; the country could have one standard voting method.

 

Americans moving from one side of the country to the other should know, be educated in, and vote with one universal way.

 

Additionally, a closed networked system with both government and citizens seems possible and cheaper than 50 different standards.

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(@rstrother)

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Reform State Fusion Centers

Federal task forces incorporating state and local law enforcement officials should declassify information to the greatest extent possible. Documents and information created by or pertaining to the activities of state and local officials should be accessible under state and local open government laws. State, local, and tribal government operations, including intelligence fusion centers, should be fully accountable to... more »

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Measure the relationship between features of collaboration and outcomes for all evidence based programs

While there is now a mandate that many, if not most, federal and state initiatives use collaboration as both a method of governance and as a mode of decision-making, there is little empirical evidence documenting the influence of collaboration on concrete program outcomes. In fact, several reviews in the public health arena have found that fewer than 20% of all collaborative initiatives produce outcomes that equal or... more »

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(@courtney.peyton)

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Adopt Systems Thinking as a Key Approach to Policy and Practice Making in Governance

We need closer integration between departments/agencies/levels of government towards problem solving. Government across many parts of the world is formed in hierarchical, topical silos/fiefdoms that prevent the cross fertilisation of needs, ideas, expertise and budgets. But the operation of our planet and communities are based on integrated systems, making likely and unlikely interconnections. Governments and societies... more »

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Small & Creative Ideas

I have started a blog to gather together in one place the small & creative ideas that are making a difference to public and third sector services. The purpose is to stimulate, celebrate and support the frontline workers and managers who are coming up with implementing these ideas. The results could be in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability or flexibility - ie just something that means more is done with... more »

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(@rmjones)

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Collaborative Governance- Federal, State and Local Government Roles

Collaborative governance has become the context for finding real solutions to complex public challenges faced by citizens around the country. In practice, principally at the state, regional and local levels (i.e. the "laboratories of democracy"), the public solutions collaborative governance system is one where leaders convene all sectors—public, private, and civic—to develop effective, lasting solutions to public problems... more »

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(@kevin.aslanian)

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TANF

Before TANF 70% of the money was used for "payments too families". Now 30% of the money is used payments for families. States are cutting TANF so they can use the money to balance their budgets. In California TANF has already contributed $15 billion to the California General Fund according to the Schwarzanegger Administration who is proposing to eliminate CalWORKs. Under TANF participation is a state option. So if sadistic... more »

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(@go2thesun)

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MAKE FED $ WORK BETTER- accountability/ transparency

HAVE MORE DIRECT CONTROL OVER MONIES . state and local govt's often shift funds to other programs or waste. have fed review of programs. Example NEW cig taxes going to not one smokers health. kids general health programs? since when do 0- 12 year olds need smokers care? The "self assessing/reporting" to hud and other agencies is a joke and must go! Would your agency or non profit report i violated, i failed don't... more »

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(@go2thesun)

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buy parks and rec from CA

GOV KNEW IMPENDING DOOM from finance staff and still would not act. Buy all our STATE fun and games to bail us out before they cut more med care and needed programs. let it all go back natural. no fed dollars allowed for cleaning up non commercial harbors etc. mandate fed money to go to people for med/housing/ food/ other survival needs first. Feds owning some primo land to back the dollar -ain't all bad either.... more »

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(@jamusco)

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Tie federal grant money eligibility to basic open government standards

I think the Obama administration should come up with some basic standards for open government (full FOIA compliance, robust record keeping of all hearings and meetings conducted by government at state & local levels, default posting of all public records online in a reasonable period of time) and make meeting these standards a pre-condition for eligibility for federal funds. I live in Chicago and the city government... more »

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(@cariefoxandphilipmurphy)

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Think of New Approaches as Social, Tech & Staff Investments—Long Term

New approaches, such as collaborative comment analysis or online multi-criteria decision support, are costly. They require an investment by the public in at least two ways (a) learning a new approach/interface and (b) giving the agency their trust that this new approach really will work better. It requires capitol investment. It requires investment in training and practice for staff and management. Agencies should... more »

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(@azaleahs)

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Mass Transit

Discover new ways and new technologies that stimulate the use of mass transit throughout the US. Some of the ways may include funding opportunities for small communities, grants for cities that would get them to consider a light rail system, new technologies that could move people without requiring regular oversight (like the system of sliding walkways they have at Heathrow airport that moves people without requiring... more »

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