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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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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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Publish Winning Grant Proposals to Improve Proposal Caliber

The Department often seeks proposals for grants to perform international engagement, like election monitoring in Afghanistan, or supporting women's rights in Iraq. Often the most innovative proposals come from small, new organizations with little experience with the Department's proposal process. These organizations don't have access to complete, published proposals that have won previous grants. They either flounder ...more »

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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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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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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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OpenState v2.0: A Next Gen Opensource/Opensocial Portal

A pilot project to build a next-gen State Department portal for the Federal Community Cloud. The idea is to build a suite of opensocial portals, one at each Federal Agency, based on The Open Stack that will enable communication with all opensocial partners.

 

Useful Links:

http://tinyurl.com/yks78pg

http://bit.ly/cUrTv8

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Process PRM used for increasing funding for refugee resettlement

The State Department's PRM recently went ahead, in the middle of this worst recession on record, and doubled resettlement and placement (R&P) per capita funding to the private refugee resettlement agencies. A PRM official said that the increase was done based on new funding that was available as well as on a cost-analysis study (The Real Cost of Welcome) done by one of the non-profit recipients of the increase - Lutheran ...more »

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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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Mass atrocities input form

I think individuals and organizations should be able to submit a defined set of forms and supporting evidence (as specified by State) showing that mass atrocities are happening in a particular region. Assuming evidentiary standards that State lays out for the input forms is met, then State will automatically follow-up and issue an analysis of the situation, including an assessment of all possible actions that could be ...more »

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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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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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