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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 this 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 -- Those OpenGov Team members, ...more »

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Applying Nash Equilibrium models to decision making

In an old StarTrek episode the robot Nomad sailed the universe seeking life, and upon finding it, implemented the fatal PrimeDirective. It is imperative that our organizational mission statements comply with a negative PrimeDirective, which may be stated: "It is our mission to improve the conditions for life, to grow in the ability to nurture life, and to explore all realms possibly related to life, universally seeking ...more »

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Make all online documents 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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Online rulemaking dockets

OMB Watch encourages the Department of the Interior to release to the public more information about regulatory decisionmaking. For information related to rulemakings, any documents, communications, or other material Interior's rulemaking agencies (e.g. Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, etc.) choose to disclose should be placed in the electronic rulemaking docket accessible to the public at Regulations.gov. ...more »

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Resume DOI Working Capital Fund Meetings & Broadcast on DOI TV

In order to promote greater transparency and accountability I would recommend that the Department resume its DOI Working Capital Fund meetings so that all Bureaus and Offices under the Department have a voice and a vote on items for which the Department is billing them. This was a very good practice, but for some reason has been discontinued. It would be great if we could also broadcast these meetings over at the very ...more »

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Climate Research Center in Alaska

Recently, I read in the Anchorage Daily News that Secretary Salazar announced that the DOI was going to help fund a Climate Research Center in Alaska. In another article right next to this one was an announcement that the Department of Commerce was also planning on starting a Climate Research Center in Alaska through NOAA. Why are we doing duplicative facilities. As a tax payer I don't find this acceptable. My idea ...more »

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Develop an OpenInterior Social Strategy

Disruptive Technologies: A Holistic, Pragmatic Approach New technologies are emerging at a faster pace than Agencies can swallow. The rate of obsolescence outpaces the pace of change. Despite the new technology flood, Agencies lack a strategy to on-board these disruptions. As a result, they often react, flounder, or simply ignore them. We can solve these problems in four major areas of practice: Leadership ...more »

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Communities of Practice

Using social networking tools inside the Department and its Bureaus for the purpose of providing a secure and productive environment for communities of practice would go a long ways towards addressing many of our succession planning issues. The combination of retirements and fewer replacements results in too many lost chances for knoweldge transfer and effective mentoring. Inexperienced staff in local offices are too ...more »

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Foster the tribal member mentality at Interior

Good Morning, I know not if this pertains or if it is within the scope of this. I suggest we create a luncheon/ potluck each month for the Native American people that work within DOI in order to foster the tribal member mentality that we all come from. I am new to this DC construct but I now understand why so many of my kinfolk return home and do not stay on working here. Let me explain: In our home setting we ...more »

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Benchmarking of GIS software on OGC Services and Large Datasets

It would be useful to have regular benchmarking exercises performed on both commercial and open source GIS software on both the Windows and Linux 32-bit and 64-bit platforms. Such benchmarks would include serving up data via OGC web Services, http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards, such as WMS, WFS, WCS, SOS, etc. This exercise could be based on the techniques used at the 2009 FOSSG WMS Shootout. Also, desktop GIS ...more »

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use of LinkedIn by Interior emplyees

I have received inquiries about the use of LinkedIn from bureau employees. When I looked into it I found that almost every Bureau and Service has a page on LinkedIn and frequently hundreds of employees are listed as members of LinkedIn. Yet there is no real policy that I have found. It seems that while we don't block the use of LinkedIn we refrain from any official approval. I suggest that LinkedIn could be used ...more »

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Wild Horses Eating Cheatgrass - A Wildfire Mitigation Study

I would like the DOI to undertake a study on the relationship between wild horses, invasive grasses like "cheatgrass", and wildfires, especially in the Western United States. Also, I would like the reports and conclusions of the study to be made available on the DOI website. I have submitted a number of ideas and comments regarding wild horses on our public lands. One of the issues that frequently come up in wild horse ...more »

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Complete "business analyses" of key field level programs

At the field level, there is wide disparity in how federal staff complete their core work. For example, if you were to survey different parks, refuges, or forests on how they monitor, manage, and eradicate invasive plants, you would get a different answer most of the time from every unit. For this invasive plants example, a common framework focused on best practices for managing core work needs to be developed that includes ...more »

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Protection of Independent Thinking

As someone who has worked frequently with USFWS personnel on endangered species issues, I have found that scientists that go against the accepted party line are often attacked by their superiors, particularly at the state supervisor and regional director levels. This has created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation-- and as a result many of the good scientists have left the USFWS to take jobs elsewhere. I have seen ...more »

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Public Involvement with NEPA projects

The National Park Service has a web based NEPA public review tool/program called PEPC - Planning, Environment and Public Comment. This program is geared towards making all NPS NEPA Environmental Assessments (EA), and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) available for public review and comment. All NPS units use PEPC as the tool to make plans and impact analyses available for public review and the public can then comment ...more »

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Allow DOI experts to speak freely to the public

Unlike other federal departments such as the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior (DOI) currently lacks a strong policy governing how agency scientists and experts can interact with the public and the media. As a result, the ability of DOI scientists to speak freely about their research is not uniformly protected and varies from agency to agency within DOI. Placing data sets on the website only gets ...more »

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Idea for wild horse and burro program

Here's an idea concerning BLM's wild horse and burro program. Why not get congress to pass a national microchipping law for horses. All those individauls who own a horse have to get it micro-chipped and all those in the wild horse and burro program. That way they can be tracked with a digital profile that is located in the microchip. Very similar to the micro chips for dogs and cats. When the horse is bought or sold or ...more »

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Wild horses and burros

What happened to asking the horse people and organizations and burro sanctuaries as to the correct way to handle these issues instead of contractors who kill the horses with cowboy tactics in helicopters.... what happened to birth control for the animals... what happened to the laws that gave these animals safety... what happened to not allowing the cattle industry to use our public lands and wetlands and drive out our ...more »

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Better leverage open source software and open IT

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 »

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Need Cool Multimedia!

So I've been looking at all the agency Open web interfaces for my job. I absolutely LOVE the DOI because it runs some of the coolest programs in the country! I think you guys should exploit this through cool widgets (perhaps featuring cool scientific findings) and multimedia galleries with images and videos of places like the National Parks (because we could all use a 3-minute vacation in the middle of the day!). Also, ...more »

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website that addresses the main issues the DOI is dealing with

I would like to suggest that there be a site where there are categories of issues that the American people are having and what the DOI is doing about them. This site could be one where people can click on an already listed issue or create one that is of concern to them that creates a new category. Then, similar to this site, people can vote as to if this is a concern for them, or not and the DOI should respond to these ...more »

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CRIMES IN INTERIOR DURING BUSH ADMINISTRATION

"Under Bush, the Interior Department became a lawless bureaucracy that actively worked to enrich the nation's most powerful energy interests. Top-level officials secretly allowed oil companies to keep billions in royalties owed to taxpayers, opened up 26 million acres of federal land to oil and gas drilling, denied wilderness protection to another 220 million acres, rewrote scientific reports to eliminate safeguards ...more »

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