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How can our agency encourage two-way conversations with the public to share ideas and expertise to improve our work? What specific tools and strategies should we use to encourage these public conversations?

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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 »

Submitted by (@megan.eskey1)

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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 »

Submitted by (@openinteriormoderator)

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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 »

Submitted by (@linda0)

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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 »

Submitted by (@pbs1maggie)

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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 »

Submitted by (@michaelbilecki)

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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 »

Submitted by (@starchaser999)

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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 »

Submitted by (@hankinchris)

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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 »

Submitted by (@jordrach)

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Solicit Public Nominations for "Treasured Landscapes"

The DOI should solicit public nominations for "treasured landscapes" discussed below by Spotts. They are the public's lands; let the public help inform which portions of its lands are most treasured. This need not replace more traditional executive branch designations, but it can help democratize and engage and invest the public in the discussion of public land protection.

Submitted by (@marshal)

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Web-based NEPA

The DOI should create a uniform web-based system for managing NEPA processes across its public agencies. It should include: 1. DOCUMENTS: The system should house NEPA notices, documents, supporting analyses, and decisions in formats easily accessible by the public; 2. SEARCHING FUNCTION: The system should categorize each NEPA event by attribute, like administrative unit, date, species, state, land use, etc., to ...more »

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