Strategic Planning and Budgeting

Establish the President’s Management Council as the key oversight structure for creating a more open government.

Establish the President’s Management Council as the key oversight structure for creating a more open government. The President’s Management Council can effectively engage Deputy Secretaries of the cabinet-level departments and agencies, providing top-level management support for open government. As the key Executive Branch official, the Chief Performance Officer should take responsibility for directing the overall Open... more »

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Strategic Planning and Budgeting

Require all agencies to submit a plan for open government

Require all agencies to submit a plan for how they will incorporate open government activities into their missions. Within 180 days, agencies will produce a plan to integrate public involvement and collaboration into all relevant systems [human resources, planning and budget]. Agencies must demonstrate that internal and external stakeholders participate in the development of the plans. Each agency must designate an appropriate... more »

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Strategic Planning and Budgeting

CIO Accountability and Stemming Waste on IT Projects

ISSUE CIOs do not have detailed performance measures and therefore cannot be held accountable when IT projects go south. RECOMMENDATION Develop detailed performance criteria for all CIOs regarding the success of IT projects and how it ties into their yearly bonus. Have CIOs report the progress of their projects on a monthly basis to OMB. Examples of criteria: project must be within 5% of budget, project may not... more »

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Hiring & Recruitment

IT Certification Monopoly

ISSUE Some agencies are requiring all applicants to have a certification in project management from PMI as a prerequisite to applying for a IT project manager position, regardless of how many years of experience they have. Project management certifications from any other source is not being accepted. Some agencies feel if their project fails in any way they can say they did their due diligence by hiring a PMI certified... more »

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Records Management

Release/index all unclassified Congressional Research Service reports

Currently, many reports of the Congressional Research Service remain undisclosed to the public. Work with Congress to release all non-confidential research reports, past to present. Index each paper with OCR and a good search engine (maybe a cool IT modernization project), attach any relevant annotations (when the report was requested, by whom, any relevant hearings/testimonies on the report), and you're set. Cross-linking... more »

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Making Data More Accessible

Make Government Web Site Usage Statistics Public

The government should create a standard front-end to allow citizens to see federal government web site usage data. Putting this data online would provide more transparency on public spending. For example, popular websites would likely be more deserving of continued support, whereas unused websites might be properly targeted to cut funds. A good interface to this data might also help citizens find interesting or useful... more »

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Records Management

Digitize everything

'Google Books' (as a verb) the government. Set as a goal before the next census to have scanned every unclassified document the government has ever printed, drafted, or otherwise produced. I would say the same of the Library of Congress--make sure that every item that has passed out of copyright is scanned and made available free online. And be creative with your indexing: I can imagine some fascinating opportunities... more »

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Making Government Operations More Open

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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Uncategorized

To fund health care, tax sugary sodas and (legalize and) tax marijuana

Overconsumption of sugary soft drinks is a major contributor to obesity and related health issues, and is hence a big cause of out-of-control health care costs. A moderate tax on sugary soft drinks, and the elimination of the corn subsidies that make high-fructose corn syrup calories so cheap, will steer consumers to healthier alternatives. This is traditionally called a "sin tax". Similarly, while most Americans agree... more »

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Making Government Operations More Open

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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Making Data More Accessible

Make Immigration process transparent

HI !! I think government should make immigration process transparent. I don't understand why a super power like US would have an immigration system in which you wouldn't know when you will get your case processed. One month we receive a newsletter saying that EB2 and EB3 categories are current for India and the next month it goes back 4-5 years or becomes unavailable for the rest of the year. Why can't we have a transparent... more »

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Rulemaking

National ballot initiatives

We should amend the constitution to allow for a national ballot initiative process. It would allow citizens to address issues that Congress fails to or does so inadequately, such as real campaign finance reform. This would not get rid of any current aspect of our government, it would just provide another check and balance to the people.

 

For a proposed amendment, please read: http://ni4d.us/amendment

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Making Government Operations More Open

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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New Tools and Technologies

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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Making Government Operations More Open

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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