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Core Values

While employees of the USFWS all support a common mission, there are no core values that are expressed or followed. Just like in the military (e.g., Honor, Courage, Commitment in the Navy), the USFWS could adopt some core values to subscribe by. Some suggestions would be: Open Communication, Teamwork, Respect for Others, and Accountability.

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BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program

I believe the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program should stop gathering wild horses and burros until they can afford to feed and care for the ones they already have in holding facilities. Perhaps birth control methods could be used in some manner to control the size of herds in the west in the meantime. It just is not responsible to gather healthy horses and put them in the facilities that are already over crowded. I know,... 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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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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Paper usage in DOI and other Government Agencies

I think we need to take a hard look at paper expenses and whether the government could start producing and making its own paper. I don't know how many millions we spend each year on paper, but I would think we could make our own paper and supply not only DOI, but all other government agencies. We have millions of acres of forest property in public domain, a portion of which we have to log every year to maintain healthy... 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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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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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.

Thanks,

Donna

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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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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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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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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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