I suggest that all illegal aid to Israel from the United States be stopped. Moreover, I suggest that all military aid to Israel be paid for by Israel. Next, that We the people of The United States of America oblige the State of Israel to acknowledge the State of Palestine. Whether they like it or not, Palestinians - of all religions and Atheists - have been there longer than any Jewish State, and therefore must be recognized... more »
It currently takes foreign visitors weeks to schedule the US mandated visa interview due to a GAO confirmed shortage of US foreign service officers. Once you get an interview appointment you need to travel up to 1000 miles for a two minute interview in a US Embassy. The consequence of these availability and access barriers is a multi billion loss of export revenue that could be produced by foreign visitor spending in... more »
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 »
Aloha All, Pertaining to Family Based Visa Interviews. Having read the topic on this site and several others,and being a victim of the rubber stamp era. Why can't the US Embassies/Consulates utilize the technolgies available ,in stead of using couriers ,ups,or the us post office.Time is the enemy to the visa process ,the system processes enable lazy consular officers to pass it back to square one because they fell behind... more »
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 »
Problem: The registration process for this site, prompts the user for a zip code.
US Citizens live in places with out a zip code, Timor-Leste is one such place. Why does this site prompt for one?
Some live in countries where the code format is not the same as in the US too.
And yes, as we are taxed based upon citizenship we still expect to have a say.
US Citizens are global not just businesses.
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 »
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 »
I would like for the State department to enforce U.S. Constitutional laws concerning military engagement and assistance when assisting Israel. Israel has proven again and again, almost as much as we have, to have inored International law concerning Human Rights. In Lebanon, and Palestine. How can we do this? By accepting the truth and educating the American people of the truth about the ousting of Palestinians from... more »
The 1,600 members of Open Source for America are dedicated to supporting and guiding federal efforts to make the US government more open through the use of open source software. We have established recommendations for all agencies to consider in their Open Government Plans, with these recommendations especially highlighting the need to remove barriers to the successful leveraging of open source software and open IT more... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The rating feature is good but it can be improved. Allow us to see what the total vote is and also what the votes are by 'agree' and 'disagree'. This way we can understand how well visitors appreciate the idea.