Making Government Operations More Open

Endorse creation of statutory Chief Privacy Officers for each Cabinet Level Agency

With the increased collection of, and reliance upon, personal information in agency decision making it is critical that a countervailing voice for privacy be established at the Deputy or Under Secretary level. The Department of Homeland Security, the only Federal agency with a Presidentially appointed Chief Privacy Officer, has the visibility and necessary access to levers of power to have one of the most effective privacy... more »

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Adopt WH Ethics Code for Congress

Congress should adopt the Ethics Commitments By Executive Branch Personnel for congressional personnel. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Ethics-Commitments-By-Executive-Branch-Personnel/ Furthermore, this should be enacted as a law and not simply as a recommendation. Second, there should be a law requiring that anyone petitioning congressional officials do so in writing which will then be made available... more »

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Communicating science transparently and without government interference

Over the last eight years, our agency maintained a fairly open dialog with the public on issues of scientific and technological advancement. Our agency was able to do so because we looked to the research community and the peer review process for guidance about whether a research breakthrough was valid, important and of interest to the public. 1. To maintain transparency, it should be federal policy that all agencies... more »

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Records Management

Public FOIA archive on every agency website

In the United Kingdom, FOIA documents are not only sent to the researcher who asks for them, but posted publicly on agency websites. FOIA archives on British websites often serve as a sort of FAQ for people interested in the activities of an agency, and prevent unnecessary duplicate FOIA requests. It would require little to no effort for the United States to do the same thing. In fact, we could one-up the UK by creating... more »

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Open Initiative and Discussion

Use the current model that you are using for this brainstorming session to invite the general public to bring up, discuss, and vote on issues that are important. It could be sort of an electronic initiative process. Those issues brought up that have the highest number of supporters over a given amount of time could be further discussed and developed by the actual lawmakers. This invites the average citizen to voice... more »

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A "Plan B" when Congress doesn't Represent: Better and National Ballot Initiatives

Few believe that torture, perpetual wars and debt, domestic spying, and impunity for their perpetrators represent America. Congress rolls over for them, and actively prevents the majority from even participating - such as keeping single-payer health care advocates from the current debate. Few know that ballot initiatives and referendums are the origin of most reform, such as women's suffrage (passed in 13 states before... more »

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Disclose all UFO records and information to the public

The UK and France have begun releasing UFO files to the public relaxing decades of secrecy into this issue. This subject needs disclosing, in which many polls from CNN have shown that 80% of the American public belive the UFO issue is real, and a further 60% beliving in the extraterrestrial presence. This issue has been documented throughout governments worldwide, and objects are regually seen by civil and military pilots... more »

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Meditation as a way of bringing people and ideas together

It would be great if President Obama and others would use the technique of MEDITATION as a strategy to bring people and their ideas closer together. Meditation is a powerful technique that can bring mental and physical relaxation. If President Obama would begin meetings with a short 5 minute meditation, it would help people clear their minds and enable future cooperation. This would lead to harmony. Thich Nhat Hanh... more »

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Gays in military

Probably the worst example of lack of transparency is in regard to gays in the military. How can we even talk about transparency while we fire gays for simply being transparent? Talk about having our heads in the sand! We could have a national debate about the issue if the facts could be accessed.How many gays do we have in the military now? We can't even answer that simple question! We are so hypocritical, we can't even... more »

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Establish a US Goverment-wide Intranet

Today many US department/agencies (especially US foreign affairs, intelligence and military departments/agencies), and thousands of employees working for these agencies, currently share information and collaborate using a US government-hosted and provided inter-agency intranet known by the name "Intelink-U" (the "U" stands for unclassified, as there is another similar version of USG intranet that handles "classified"... more »

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Encourage the use of online dispute resolution technology to manage questions or problems associated with open/transparent gover

Opening government to greater participation and scrutiny will, inevitably, lead to questions, challenges, and in some cases disputes regarding information, processes, and services associated with open government functions. Government agencies already operate with a mandate to develop and use alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and ADR programs currently are associated with workplace disputes, citizen input to rule... more »

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Make It Safe for Govt. Workers to Innovate to Save Money

Federal departments can only become more Transparent, Participatory, and Collaborative with outsiders (citizens) unless those same things are adopted INTERNALLY. Those qualities can only show up on the *outside* if they are valued on the *inside*. However, federal departments do NOT have the internal openness that makes it *safe* for their employees (and those of contractors) to suggest ways to make their organizations... more »

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