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What information and high-value data should we provide to make our agency more accountable, improve public knowledge of our work, and create economic opportunity? How can we make information and data available in a timely and accessible manner?
(@susan0)

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Clear benchmarks on Sudan

The State Department has not publicly disclosed the precise benchmarks it is applying to assess progress in Sudan. The outcome of the first quarterly review of the U.S. Sudan policy by the National Security Council Deputies Committee was undisclosed. In Sudan, tensions are high with the April national elections and January 2011 referendum on independence for southern Sudan rapidly approaching. I strongly encourage the... more »

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(@erik.streed)

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Passport process tracking

It would be helpful for the State Department to setup a process tracking website for the passport process. Something similar to how FedEx/UPS/USPS allow you to track packages and get email updates about their status. E.g. that application for renewal has been received, new passport has been send, etc. This is particularly important for US citzens living overseas who may need to use their passport on a regular basis and... more »

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(@jaorangemen)

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The Department of State should live webcast all meetings

The Department of State should live webcast all meetings for proposed rule making and regulations where the public comment should take place. They should make these meetings available for on demand viewing and have the ability to have that content be indexed for video search. By doing this the public and stakeholders will be able to see the inner workings of the rule making process and make the content and proceedings... more »

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(@michaelwalsh)

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International Disaster Response Data Set for Data.Gov

State Department - in collaboration with other relevant executive branch partners (ex. DHS, NGA, DoD, NASA) - should publish a comprehensive set of normalized, geo-coded data sets for all high-value data and information related to international (and domestic) disaster response. The data repository should be published as a set of data sets on Data.Gov. The data sets should contain contextual information to aid in their... more »

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(@michaelwalsh)

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Data Framework for Third Party Disaster Response Practitioners

State Department - - in collaboration with other relevant executive branch partners (ex. DHS, NGA, DoD, NASA) - should publish a data standard for disaster response data sets produced by third parties, including academic researchers, state and local governments, foreign governments, corporations, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations. The data standard should enable disaster responders to... more »

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(@stephen)

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Family Visa Denials; K-1,K-3,CR-1, IR-1

Refusals of Family Based visas causes undue suffering and pain. Visa refusals can take months or years to overcome. The time of separation is agonizing for the family, and the stress of visa refusals can tear families apart. Consular officers often deny family based visas for the reason of "lack of a bonifide relationship." The consular officers make these refusals without a factual basis. Instead they base their reasons... more »

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(@bbbyhorne)

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Visa Interview Policies..

In regards to Visas for Spouse or Fiance/Fiancee, It would not cost our government $1 more to do the Visa Interview in a Professional and Fair manner. There is very little information as to the "Real/Actual Requirements" on Visa Interview Policies, only the VAGUE guidelines, that a Visa Interview Officer may or may not use. Obtaining a Visa SOLELY rest with the Visa Interview Officer's DISCRETION, which means, "ability... more »

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(@ash000)

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Family-Based Visa Interviews, Denials, Need for Uniform Policies

Echoing bby_horne and Stephen's comments, there are currently too many discrepancies between individual embassies and consulates and how they go about issuing Family-Based Visas (K-1, K-3, CR-1, etc). More training and stricter control by the DoS would go a long way in making sure that individual consulates and individual consular officers are not overstepping bounds, conducting visa interviews with fairness, and behaving... more »

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(@stephen)

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Ombudsman for Consular Affairs

The State Department needs an Office of Ombudsman for Consular Affairs. An Office of Ombudsman will provide a venue for citizens to express ideas for improvement, and to complain when the Office of Consular Affairs is failing in its mission. Changes, recommendations, and complaints could be made about the many areas of responsibility for Consular Affairs such as visa issuance, passports, U. S. Citizens services, etc.... more »

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(@scholasticus)

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Put visitor logs online, for those who meet any State employee

Put visitor logs online, for any person who meets any State Department employee. Citizens have the right to know who their State Dept. employees of every type of pay grade get to meet and make deals with. For example, which oil company executives were meeting with State Dept. agents, employees, appointees, and contractors over the last fifty years? That would make some enlightening reading. It would make FOIA requests... more »

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(@renesugar)

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Information associated with geographic areas as data sets

Make information associated with geographic areas available as a data downloads. In the data sets, links to pages on state.gov could be included in the row for unformatted information on a subject (e.g. general country information). Examples: Trafficking in persons: http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2009/124799.htm Travel Warnings: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html Travel Alerts:... more »

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(@michaeldurmont)

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Standardize embassy and bureau social media

I've noticed that several embassies have social media presences but that their info is not aggregated into one place on State's web site. Why not sort and list it in an easy-to-view place based upon region/bureau to make it easier for the public to interact with DoS? Also, there should be a standard naming scheme in saying Twitter feeds such as usembassy_paraguay, instead of the embassy in Paraguay currently being called... more »

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(@r.sunset)

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Local embassy jobs need to be publicily advertised

Problem: Embassy jobs (not foreign service officer type) should be mandated to publicly advertised either by a local newspaper, telephone recording, paper posted at the embassy guard post, or by the web. Background: Spouses of embassy employees and veterans are supposed to have an opportunity to apply for vacancies at the embassies. However, as I discovered while living in Timor-Leste such opportunities are not made... more »

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(@r.sunset)

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Send a team of diplomatic recruiters to schools & local TV

We send armed forces recruiters around to the schools, why not send out diplomatic recruiters too? Why not do some interviews on the tv channels to education people. Most kids and US citizens, for that matter, have no idea about foreign service officer careers unless they grew up in a family of diplomats. I constantly come across kids in university that have no clue about the possibility of a diplomatic career or what... more »

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