The Department of State should develop a Young Diplomats contest program for American students. The program would provide students with the opportunity to advance their understanding of the core topics and issues relevant to the foreign service (similar to the National Geographic Bee for geography). The program would run for the entire academic school year and rely on long-term engagement with students. The program would... more »
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.
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.
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 »
Also with 221g Administrative processing, there should be a deadline on when it would be completed. I have read a lot of forums that some people have been waiting for years to get a response. Others are still waiting. During this long waiting period, the petitioner and beneficiary go thru pain and suffering, and the frustration that the US government is not doing enough for them. It is also frustrating to call USCIS and... more »
In coordination with its global, regional, and local disaster response partners, the Department of State should maintain a standing directory of point of contact information for governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental organizations by country. In event of a crisis, the Department should publish this directory in a machine readable form. The Department also should present the directory on a rapidly deployed... 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 »
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 »
In partnership with governmental, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental organizations, the Department of State should create an online collaboration site for the aggregation of all data sets, tools, and applications related to international disaster response. The aggregation site should present all of the government data sets for Data.Gov and enable third party entities to upload their data sets to the site. The site... more »
The Department of State should partner with other federal government(ex. DoD, USAID, USIP, etc.), intergovernmental (ex. UN), and non-governmental organizations to launch a community of practice for international disaster response. The community should enable peer-peer engagement between those most affected by international disasters, including political leaders, first responders, aid organization representatives, business... more »
In collaboration with governmental and nongovernmental partners (ex. American 501(c)3 nonprofits), the Department of State should develop an integrated "acquisition and procurement" platform for international disaster response. Modeled on Recovery.Gov, the platform should support the unique needs of the international disaster response community, especially financial and gift-in-kind donations (ex. materials or personnel)... 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'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 »
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 »
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 »