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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?

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Submitted by (@spotts)

Please make NEPA documents more honest and realistic

I have followed and been involved in Interior Department and other federal agencies compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) since it was enacted in 1970. Based on this forty years of practical experience, I have noticed one frequent and fundamental flaw in the analysis in these Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), Environmental Assessments (EAs), Categorical Exclusions (CEs), and, for BLM, Determinations ...more »

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Submitted by (@as289204)

Accountability within the Government

The program I work for is expecting a $13mil budget cut for FY11 based on the President's budget. There has been a lot of speculation as to the justification for why our funding is being reduced by almost 40%. In all reality, it is known that Obama is trying to cut back in government spending and reduce inefficient programs-- but that is not the case in this instance. The problem is that there has been no accountability ...more »

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Submitted by (@markbellis)

Taxpayer $

Some of the $s the governement spends on non-essential travel and occasionally some costly relocations would be quite shocking to taxpayers. I do not think managers always make decisions based on whether those decisions are good use of taxpayer $ and I bet they would probably be more prudent in their decion making if they were under the scrutiny of the public eye. I believe we are in great need of letting taxpayers see ...more »

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Submitted by (@highnoonhorsefarm)

Wild Horse and Burro management

Madeleine Pickens sent out an update about a meeting she had with Secretary Salazar. The Secretary asked her to be on a Wild Horse and Burro advisory team that he was planning to form. Isn't there already a Wild Horse and Burro Advisory committee ? I have questions about the need for another WH&B advisory group that does not meet the criteria as set forth in the WFRH&B Act. Already, the current "official" WH&B Advisory ...more »

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Submitted by (@aabelcarrola)

transparency in wild horse and burro program

The recent Calico Complex round up in Northern Nevada counted 7 wild horse deaths at the gather site. An additional 41 deaths and approximately 30 spontaneous abortions occurred at the the Indian Lakes Rd. holding facility in Fallon, Nevada. These 78 deaths, and counting, have brought to light the fact that all but a handful of the holding facility deaths will not be connected to the roundup itself. BLM officials quote ...more »

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Submitted by (@pleasureinc)

BLM statement: 600 wild horses remain on the Calco Complex

BLM annonced it had reached its goal of 6oo horses left on the range after the gather was completed-they said they had done a fly over to confirm that-immediately following the gather..I suggest to you, using your own protocols that I found on your website, that it was not possible to do so-given the fact they have to use the same co-ordinates, and the same flight patterns to determine such as well as individuals within ...more »

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Submitted by (@pleasureinc)

public lands being sold to private interests-Data Availibility?

It has rencently come to my attention that BLM lands are being sold to private interests, through the following article in the Pahrump valley times in Nevada: The plan will be a long-term, road map for decisions by BLM, the largest landholder in the area with 3.1 million acres under management in the Las Vegas District which includes southern Nevada up to near Beatty. "BLM has to be in conformance with its land-use ...more »

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Submitted by (@mkmg365)

Observers are needed at Fallon...still

Our humane observer tells us that Sat is the last public viewing day that will be allowed at Fallon. She will NOT be granted access while studs are gelded. She will not be granted further access to those 30 horses that were left without water after their roundup. I'd like the BLM (or those in charge) to wait on gelding. Why? Because there is a current lawsuit concerning the Calico roundup...If those horses get ...more »

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Submitted by (@barlowirick)

Project Planning and The Flow of Money

It would help if there was a masterlist of all the DOI projects as they go into the NEPA process, with the closing dates for comments. This would give the public a good idea of what the DOI was doing outside the scope of its normal activities. It would also be very useful if there were a masterlist of all DOI bid solicitations, invitations to bid, etc., with a historical archive of what price the contracts were awarded. ...more »

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Submitted by (@linda0)

Another Idea for Monitoring Wild Horses

For the sake of transparency, and as an alternative to live, streaming video, I would like the BLM to install video cameras at capture sites, and temporary and long-term wild horse holding facilities. These could be the types of cameras that monitor stores to prevent shoplifting, and are used by law enforcement and many others. This same type of system could be used on the helicopters. I would much prefer live, streaming ...more »

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