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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?
(@spotts)

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Please make it much easier to locate and contact DOI employees

Please add to the Interior Department's home web page and related agencies' (BLM, FWS, NPS, etc.) home web pages a consistent user-friendly search function where the public can easily locate and contact specific DOI employees based on their job duties and/or areas of subject matter expertise. In my experience, it can often be a difficult, time consuming, and frustrating process to try to figure out which employees in... more »

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(@kgross)

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Acquisition Report Cards

A Report Card system from vendors/contractors who we do business with, might bring to light processes that could be streamlined throughout the Government. It would have to be consistent throughout all agencies to be of benefit. The form or website would be furnished the contractor when the contract/purchase order is signed and they would be asked to complete it when the transaction is complete. This would not be like... more »

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(@jolie0)

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Humane observers to be allowed to keep count of animals

I suggest that human observers should be allowed on a daily basis during round ups of wild horses I suggest that human observers should be allowed to view round ups at a safe distance but close enough to see if the contractor is respecting the law. I suggest that human observers should be allowed into holding facilities and should be able to share their observations freely. I suggest that human observers should be allowed... more »

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(@roxy00)

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BLM roundups & holding - perhaps a separate board is needed.

Currently the BLM Advisory Board for the Wild Horse and Burro program is for the board to report to the BLM. As has already been indicated in other ideas I will not repeat the inadequacies and suggestions for improvement for those meetings. In addition to those suggestions, perhaps one solution is for a separate balanced board of concerned parties, independent from BLM, for the welfare of the horses and burros and... more »

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(@honorhannon)

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BLM Advisory Board Meetings

As a former Federal Employee with the National Health Service Corps I am very aware of the responsibilities and value of the Board to an Agency. Having attended a BLM Advisory Board Meeting I have these suggestions:We the public are guests with important information and observations to share with this Board of Advisors to the Agency,(1) please allow us at least 5 to 10 min. speaking time(2) Provide a table and chair and... more »

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(@spotts)

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DOI should establish a searchable volunteer project database

I believe that Interior Department agencies currently have a variety of established or ad hoc ways of identifying opportunities for volunteers to assist on projects. This approach may be confusing, inconsistent, or frustrating. For example, one BLM office may have different ways to identify Boy Scout, school, public lands day, NGO, and other volunteer projects. Instead, I recommend that one web database be established... more »

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(@spotts)

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Please expedite e-Planning for NEPA to facilitate public input

I believe that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is building on the e-Planning software that has been successfully used for several BLM RMP planning processes to enable it to provide pending National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents to the public for review and comment. BLM currently has a hodge podge of different methods of providing such NEPA review and comment notices to the public, not only among the state... more »

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(@steelefarm)

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BLM Advisory Board

I have attended a BLM Advisory Board Meeting in the past. It is time for the Advisory Board to have representation from wild horse experts and advocates as well as bona fide Humane representation. I was amazed at the meeting to find that many of the members of the Advisory Board showed an negative regard for the animals in question. It is also apparent that the Board does not respond to any concerned public comment,... more »

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(@linda0)

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Posts to This Website

First, I'd like to thank the DOI for creating this wesite. It provides a unique opportunity to present citizens' views directly to the agency. As everyone can see from the ideas and comments that have been closed, it is important to be on-topic, post to the correct category, and abide by the site's "Terms of Participation". Above all, please be respectful. The DOI has graciously provided this public forum, and we... more »

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(@highnoonhorsefarm)

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Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Committee

The process for choosing the members of this Advisory panel should be more transparent. There should be a process whereby the nominees could be voted on by the public. The current board has members on it that have been on it for over a decade. The board consists mostly of industry people from the states that have the largest amount of Public Land, which is like letting the fox guard the henhouse. The WH&B Advisory... more »

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(@spotts)

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Please establish a hotline to report alleged violations

If the Obama administration wants to encourage more effective two-way communications with the public, then it should establish a hotline where people can report allegations of violations of federal laws, including by federal employees. For example, I'm aware of a chronic pattern of trespass livestock grazing on BLM lands in apparent violation of the Endangered Species Act and Federal Land Policy and Management Act.... more »

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