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Off Topic Section

Is it possible to make the "off topic' section more transparent? I had to type it in the search box. Can you possibly make it Option #6?

Also, it may be difficult to state facts without violating the rules, so how would you suggest we do that. I really do want to be respectful but sometimes there is no "politically correct way" to do so.

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What are steps after collecting these ideas.

Please tell us what are the planned actions to address the ideas and proposals? This is a very much appreciated opportunity. I would hate to think this is an exercize in futility.

 

Perhaps this is explained somewhere on this site that I have not detected?

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More Explanation of Why Ideas are Removed as "Off-topic"

I would like the Site Administrator to add a brief addition to each idea removed to "Off-topic Comments". Something like: "Incorrect Category", "Violates Terms of Participation", etc. By carefully reading each "Off-topic" idea and the specific reason it was taken down, people should have a better understanding of the process. This would provide individuals the opportunity to re-post a good idea in a manner that does ...more »

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better tallies

Let's say 40 people agree and 41 disagree. The way this site is set up, it would only show 1 vote for "disagree", yet a total of 81 people would have expressed their opinions.

I believe it is important to show the number of votes for both sides. Thank you.

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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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Please level the playing field for greater NGO & tribal input

The Interior Department should recognize that there is not currently a level playing field when it comes to meaningful participation in often complex and prolonged federal resource and land use planning processes. Business and industry representatives, and independently wealthy or retired people, usually have ample time and money to participate in these planning processes and to develop meaningful relationships with ...more »

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Working Together to Bring About Change

I would like increased collaboration and communication between the DOI and outside groups through inclusive, face-to-face roundtables and public "Town Halls". All recorded minutes and generated reports should be made available online. Live feeds and/or video capture and posting of special meetings and hearings would add transparency. Each group has something to bring to the table. The DOI would speak to policies, ...more »

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Marketing to High Schools, Community Colleges and Universities

Aggressively campaign to High Schools and Colleges twice each year. Once in the Fall and once in the Spring. This could become a partnership between the Department of Education and the Department of Interior. Thus creating more Department-to-Department cooperation and collaboration. Send representatives from different Agencies to visit targeted High Schools and Colleges on a designated DAY, in a particualr State. ...more »

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provide assistance for working with cooperating agencies

NEPA provides for working with cooperating agencies, yet many offices lack experienced facilitators to make the most effective use of the process. In my experience, this is less of an issue when the cooperating agencies are all federal, but becomes increasingly important when engaging with local and state government entities due to enormous differences in organizational cultures and expectations. Better guidance on effectively ...more »

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Government regulated social and business networking site

After corresponding with people on this forum I was pointed in this direction which seems to be a means to the end that I was seeking. For those interested in this topic here is a good place to start. http://openid.net/docs/Open_Trust_Frameworks_for_Govts.pdf A government regulated social and business networking site for the world to use, showcased across all federal and state agencies to promote corroboration among ...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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Transparentcy: Smoke and mirrors

I see most of the off topic ideas had the most votes and commentary. I guess the fact that they landed in the garbage heap tells us all we need to know about your intention with this website...

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