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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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Off Topic--Non Violence at all Times

I know this is off topic but I feel its a really important message to get out to everyone. This is in light of the plane that crashed into the IRS building in Texas earlier today.

In the past I have spoken about being non violent at all times at rallies. This is SO important.

We can express frustration with the system. We can be angry. It's when those feelings that become physical actions that WE CROSS THE LINE.... more »

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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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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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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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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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Please improve DOI OIG complaint tracking and outcomes

I believe that all 70,000 Interior Department employees receive mandatory annual whistleblower training. The purpose of this training is to educate them on their duty as federal employees to report any fraud, waste, or illegal conduct that their immediate supervisors are not adequately addressing. This whistleblower training and program is critically important because it helps ensure that fraud, waste, or illegal conduct... more »

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Follow Standards of Ethical Conduct Provisions, 5 CFR Part 2635

I am writing to you today as a deeply disconcerted American citizen. Recently, it has been made available to the public, that approximately 90 proclaimed scientists have signed on to a letter drafted by Audubon North Carolina. This letter can be found at Web site

http://www.islandfreepress.org/2010Archives/02.05.2010-AudubonLetterToN0PS.pdf

The letter solicited signers to add their support in asking the National... more »

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To give the people what they want when it comes to the Web

I see that lots of people what DOI and especially BLM to open up. They want phone lists, databases, and real time information about the Wild Horse and Burros program and Recreation sites all offered on the Web.

So here is the idea to accomplish all that. Change the way IT is done across DOI to allow for a better network configuration. DOI is not the CIA or the military and doesn't need to spend the money protecting data... more »

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A better more accountable government starts with the workforce

I've read all the posts thus far and secrecy, mismanagement, and information availability seems to be a recurring theme.

Most people fear what they do not know or understand. This is especially true when it comes to the federal workforce and technology. We finally have an Administration who is trying to get DOI into the 21st century but the public is still disappointed. They ask and for some reason we can't deliver.... more »

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Perpetuate GIS and spatial capabilities to a much higher degree

DOI needs to more readily and completely understand and harness the true power of GIS and geospatial technologies when it comes to using these technologies to share information/knowledge to the public. As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words", so why not disseminate information contained in the hundreds and hundreds of stove-piped DOI databases, systems & applications, etc. to the public through more complete... more »

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Agency Accountability to Freedom of Information Act

The DOI should enact a monitoring and reporting system to demonstrate in clear terms how administrative units within its agencies are complying with President Obama's Freedom of Information Act memo.

Metrics for demonstrating "a presumption of disclosure" and cooperation sought by that memo could be as simple as the number of annual FOIA appeals or lawsuits lost.

Let's see some accountability and measurable progress... more »

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CRIMES IN INTERIOR DURING BUSH ADMINISTRATION

"Under Bush, the Interior Department became a lawless bureaucracy that actively worked to enrich the nation's most powerful energy interests. Top-level officials secretly allowed oil companies to keep billions in royalties owed to taxpayers, opened up 26 million acres of federal land to oil and gas drilling, denied wilderness protection to another 220 million acres, rewrote scientific reports to eliminate safeguards... more »

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