(@maia00)

Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

FOIA and USCIS merger – loss or gain?

While reiterating on transparency, improvement of social relations and government-to-people reciprocity, big shots tend to deviate from the mainstream of our everyday vital commodities – rights, duties, and responsibilities. It is a paradox but a fact; my case that turned into a nightmare from the very beginning could vividly picture how “paper”, not a common sense, determines destiny. This is about an abandoned US citizen ...more »

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(@robbie.chernish)

Your comments on our Open Government Plan

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Hi, Thanks for allowing citizens to provide feedback on your new OpenGov System. This is a great example of how democratic systems can improve not only information literacy at the state level, but also to improve collaboration at the federal level. As always, communicating change to the masses is often one of the state's toughest challenges, and with the OpenGov system, this may alleviate some of these barriers. ...more »

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(@christopher.coen)

Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

State Dept's PRM refugee website information

The State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) offers very little information on the State Department website about how the domestic part of the U.S. refugee resettlement program works. Of course, lack of information is the antitheses of an “open” federal government unit. Missing are comprehensive basic rules and of the program. For example, how much money is provide to resettlement agencies? ...more »

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(@clive0)

Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Engaging with the public

Invite the creation of stakeholder forums. For once, use a positive 'pyramid scheme'. Get interested people to head up a small group of say, five friends. Get those friends to do likewise and so on. Don't make it onerous. Suggest they meet once a month over coffee or a barbecue to discuss a specific topic or issue of concern. Let them choose 'syndicate' names. Invite them to share the outcome and thoughts on your site. ...more »

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(@silona)

Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Place public documents online and citable to a paragraph level

WHAT Urge governments to publish granular permalinks for all documents on their websites. WHY * Enable citizens to reliably cite government websites on their personal blogs, on public sites like Wikipedia, or elsewhere. * Provide unique identifiers that enable aggregation of citations. * Make the civic discourse surrounding government websites more discoverable. HOW * An easy-to-deploy archival ...more »

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(@stephenbuckley)

Working Together: Governments, Businesses, Non-Profits...

Other OpenGov Ideas & Information Resources

Rather than post each of my "OpenGov" Ideas at 27 different websites, I have posted them at the GSA's website (since they are in the forefront of the OpenGov initiative). So, by this notice, the members of the OpenGov Team for your agency have been informed of those ideas. (At least, now, you can't say you were unaware of them.) http://opengsa.ideascale.com/a/pmd/29640-6960 ALSO -- Your OpenGov Team members, ...more »

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(@janehauser)

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justice

As you head toward more intervention in Syria, have you considered your part in Bahrain?

Or do you consider the demand for democracy in Bahrain as Iranian based? Just as you do as concerning Syria?

 

I suggest that you end all US military attacks everywhere.

Call it a "measure of rest".

We may be embarrassed, but must be humble after so many years of objectionable anti-Human Rights behavior.

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(@kiusau)

Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Issue-Oriented Organization and Participation

One of the problems with large organizations of any sort is their compartmentalization, and the failure of the various component part to communicate with one another. Rather than organizing public input around specific departments, agencies, and bureaus, why not organize it around the issues that effect each. In this way, no matter what government department, agency, or bureau a government employee might work for, he ...more »

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(@r.sunset)

New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Embassies MUST reconcile local traveler db w/the db on-line db

Background: Registration can be done in person at an embassy, on-line or in some cases both. In my particular case I registered in person as the on-line system was not yet in service. Shortly thereafter the system did go on-line. I then registered on-line and logged all trips abroad. In most of the cases once I marked my trip as complete I also stopped receiving the email messages specific to that country. However, ...more »

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(@ssumner)

Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

New Technology to help with Transparency

Application of New Information Technology to the Transparency Objective of the Open Government Directive While the Open Government Directive offers an unprecedented challenge to Federal Agencies, information technology is now available to assist Agencies in achieving the Transparency objective of the Directive in a rapid, cost-effective manner. Throughout the Directive, the need to proactively provide easy to use, ...more »

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(@kohlgill)

Tell Us How to Improve this Site...

Implement Best Practices for Open Government Solicitations

This is a great initial effort by the Department, but it doesn't tell users what they need to know before contributing. Any improvement on these points would improve this forum dramatically. (From http://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/ten-things-to-monitor-as ) --- Expectation management: Is the agency clear about the scope of their participation initiative and their promise to the public? Do participants know what ...more »

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(@danieljs)

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Is it possible to visualize meme development over a time period?

I see that with each idea comes the option to enter tags. Most sites that allow tagging also allow visitors to visualize the data clusters with a tag cloud. Is this utility available? The second feature I'd like to see is how ideas, specifically memes as indicated by tags, develop over a period of time. Is it possible to have a search utility, sorted by date, that shows the rise or decline of a meme over a period ...more »

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