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U.S. Geological Survey Recycling Bin

During the past four years, I have three appeals before the Merit System Protection Board against the Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. During two hearings, I learned much about the scientific staffing of the U.S. Geological Survey, and it makes me wonder whether this agency seeks to eliminate science altogether and substitute political correctness to please whichever group currently holds the power... 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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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 »

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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 »

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Allow DOI experts to speak freely to the public

Unlike other federal departments such as the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior (DOI) currently lacks a strong policy governing how agency scientists and experts can interact with the public and the media. As a result, the ability of DOI scientists to speak freely about their research is not uniformly protected and varies from agency to agency within DOI.

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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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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 »

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OUR Mustangs Recycling Bin

As a taxpayer and American citizen who has entrusted the care of OUR wild horses to government, I REFUSE to support the continued mismanagement of current BLM and it's policies in regards to this nation's wild horses and burros. I refuse to watch more unnecessary gathers of healthy horses off of healthy sustainable rangelands, while on the same lands, (claimed to be unsustainable), grazing rights have increased for private... more »

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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 »

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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!).

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BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program Recycling Bin

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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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 »

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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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