Records Management

Submitted by (@electronicprivacyinformationcenter)

Stop the Commercialization of Personal Data Held By Government Agencies

People are required to provide information to the government for lots of purposes – to pay taxes, to obtain licenses, to receive benefits. The personal information that we all provide to the government should not be commercialized or data-mined. Also, our interests in government programs should not be turned over to advertisers without our consent. EPIC recommends the use of new technology to promote the efficiency ...more »

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Making Government Operations More Open

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Require all Federal Government meetings that are subject to the Open Meetings Laws to be Webcast online.

Board meetings are where some of the most important decisions are made by our government. Allow the American people access to the decision making process by requiring all of these meetings to be webcast on the Internet both live and on-demand. The Governor of New York State pioneered this initiative in 2007 when he required all State agencies and authorities to webcast their meetings (Executive Order 3). It's been ...more »

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Making Government Operations More Open

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Require Legislators to Read and Understand Legislation before Voting on it.

This seems logical, and yet bills with sweeping consequences, sometimes numbering in the hundreds of pages, are printed when there is no time for anyone to read the bill, let alone intelligently consider it, before voting. Constitution-bending pieces of legislation have been bullied into passage with a lot of noise about how we can't wait to pass it, even though we have to live with the consequences for years after ...more »

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Legal & Policy Challenges

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drug prohibition & a way to end and cut the cartel's profit 60%

Dear President Obama and Members of Congress, Our drug laws aren't working. Every year, millions of Americans are arrested on drug offenses, yet drugs are more available than ever before. High school students find it easier to get marijuana than alcohol or prescription drugs. And Mexican drug cartels have become rich and powerful, representing a growing threat to our national security. With our economy ...more »

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Making Data More Accessible

Submitted by (@jasterling)

A Rite of Passage?

Over the last several months, Barrack Obama’s origin of birth has come under much scrutiny due discrepancies concerning the authenticity of his birth certificate. Israel Insider and expert analyst working under the pseudonym Techdude (The individual has chosen to work under a pseudonym now due to threats since his findings – including the vandalizing of his car and the hanging of a mutilated rabbit on his front door. ...more »

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New Strategies and Techniques

Submitted by (@sandy0)

Ask Federal Agencies to Adopt the Core Principles for Public Engagement

Over the past several months, experts in public dialogue, facilitation and collaborative decision-making worked together to develop 7 "Core Principles for Public Engagement." The authors and editors of these principles have spent years creating and honing innovative techniques that help people talk constructively about difficult issues that effect their lives--issues like health care, crime, and conflict between ethnic ...more »

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Legal & Policy Challenges

Submitted by (@pete00)

Annual IRS Audits for Congress and All High Officials, Elected or Appointed

Recent disclosures indicate that many who are in our government have a difficult time paying their taxes correctly. Whether through mischief, malice, or mistake, the failure to pay diminishes the trust of the people in their government: the results of which are decreased participation by citizens in the process of government, a change in thinking - that we are being governed by an aristocracy over which we have no control ...more »

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Making Data More Accessible

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Verify the President was born in the US

Make Obama's long from birth certificat public. Until this happens thier will be a cloud of doubt over any and all decisions made while in office. What is being hidden? Why spend so much $$ to keep this secret? I don't understand the issue with making this information available?

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Do-It-Yourself Government

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Hold Agencies Accountable for Implementing the Open Government Directive

Leadership and oversight at the highest levels of the federal government will be necessary for the Open Government Directive to succeed. The President’s Management Council, which is made up of the Deputy Secretaries of all major agencies, should oversee the implementation of the directive to ensure that the entire federal government is working together to manage the implementation of the directive. All agencies should ...more »

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Making Data More Accessible

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Open publicly funded research results

Publicly funded research results are typically published in a journal that requires a subscription. Results should be published online, free for anyone to access. This could be accomplished quite simply by making open publishing a condition of the research grant.

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Making Government Operations More Open

Submitted by (@davidwseattle)

List of All Banks and Amounts Given by Federal Reserve Since September 2008

Bloomberg News and the New York Times have documented nearly $13 trillion dollars given or promised by the Federal Reserve and the government since the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in September 2008. While this $13 trillion includes TARP money and some recovery money, there is much more in a variety of Federal Reserve programs where we don't know which banks and corporations have gotten money and how much. Because ...more »

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