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Improve Foreign Agent Registration Act online disclosure system

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Campaign: Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

In the wake of the Citizens United case, and the legitimate concern that the door might be open for foreign influence on the U.S. political process, improving the online data released from the disclosures that the Foreign Agent Registration Act—passed in 1938—requires. While the Foreign Agent Registration Unit is to be commended for getting some of this information online (here: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fara/), ...more »

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FOIA Dashboard

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Campaign: Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Given the fundamental contribution that the FOIA makes to transparent government, the ready access to concrete data about agency FOIA performance, and the opportunity to improve FOIA administration, FOIA should be a significant part of any federal open government dashboard. As we are sure you appreciate, the FOIA is at the core of the public’s right to know what the government is doing. The FOIA cannot be dismantled ...more »

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DOJ: Openness About Organized Stalking is Needed

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Campaign: Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

I am starting this new openness idea because another thread here has a confusing title. The other thread is titled "Enforce Existing Laws." Organized stalking (OS) is the commission of acts similar to single stalker stalking, but by groups organized to carry out such acts. Organized stalking can include some through wall electronic harassment and surveillance using ordinary, not classified technologies which are available ...more »

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End Abuse of the "State Secrets" doctrine

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Campaign: Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Legislation has already been introduced that would go a long way in increasing transparency, and in returning the Balance and Separation of powers between the branches of our government. It used to be that Courts, off the record, evaluated whether evidence constituted a "state secret" that prevented it from being given in a trial. The last 8+ years, however, "state secret" has been used to keep a trial from happening ...more »

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The Department of Justice should live webcast all meetings

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Campaign: Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

The Department of Justice should live webcast all meetings for proposed rule making and regulations where the public comment should take place. They should make these meetings available for on demand viewing and have the ability to have that content be indexed for video search. By doing this the public and stakeholders will be able to see the inner workings of the rule making process and make the content and proceedings ...more »

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Innovate for Justice / Close Loopholes

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Campaign: New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Proposal to Close Loopholes Create a new area or program or department that will do nothing more than work toward refining law so that it actually works in a way that protects the victim and prosecutes the offender. Currently, the whistle blower laws are not being enforced effectively. Currently, organized stalkers, pedophiles and human traffickers operate in such a way that behind fake immunity, fake diplomatic gratuity ...more »

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On Transparency

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Campaign: Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Many citizens are extremely upset with the Department of Justice's failure to investigate and prosecute clear violations of the law. A few the things we are incensed about are these: The failure to prosecute those who have supported torture with insupportable legal opinions, those who ordered torture and other war crime behaviors, and those who have committed torture and other war crime behaviors, past and present. The ...more »

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Make earmarks data available for download

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Campaign: Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

The GOP has a database of earmarks. The collected data for earmarks should also be made available for download. This will allow the data to be analyzed. For example, an earmark may be important at a local level but at a national level a project that generates revenue, reduces energy usage, increases domestic power generation, etc. is more important. Investing in projects that generate revenue for the government means ...more »

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contracting

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Campaign: Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

I am a contracting employee stationed at DOJ. Both my employer and DOJ contracting personnel have refused to allow me to see the contract I work under. If contracting emplyees could see their applicable contracts, they could advise DOJ as to whether it was being adhered to and what learn what their rights and obligations are under that contract.

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Stop Political appointments in Federal Law Enforcement

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Campaign: Working Together: Governments, Businesses, Non-Profits...

We should address the issue of political appointments in the area of federal law enforcement. I think those agencies that still fall victim to congressional political appointment every four years will continue to remain behind the bell curve of advancement. I don’t think we should appoint someone to head federal law enforcement agencies, if that person doesn’t have an effective work history within that agency. I don’t ...more »

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Solicit public input on inmate activities

Stage: Active

Campaign: Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Background: The Bureau of Prisons manages over 200,000 inmates, about one tenth of whom, as employees of Federal Prison Industries (FPI), are currently productively engaged in manufacturing. All of us have a fundamental need to play a meaningful role in society, and prison inmates are no exception. Learning how to play a constructive role in society is a key element of rehabilitation. In many cases inmates have never ...more »

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A HUGE Need for a better monitoring of sex offenders

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Campaign: New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

We need one huge database that actually monitors ALL sex offenders in the nation. The DOJ national website is ok but does not update the site frequently enough. Nor do the states monitor the offenders closely. There needs to be more of a commitment towards keeping these perverts away from our children and loved ones!!!! We have been trying to track some of these creeps and we have been tracking from one state to the other ...more »

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Disclose Company Bio of "IdeaScale"

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Campaign: Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Considering that IdeaScale seems to be enjoying a huge governmental contract, supplying virtually ALL of the government agencies, (including, of course, the DOJ), I find it interesting that I cannot seem to find a company bio that lists officers, owners, or subsidiaries of "IdeaScale". In the interest of "transparency" may I suggest that EACH government website, including this one, using "IdeaScale" post a complete and ...more »

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National Crime GIS/Database

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Campaign: New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

I would like to see a national Crime GIS database. A national database, similar to the Uniform Crime Reports but in a real time GIS accessible system. Police departments around the country would enter criminal activity of the day into the system. And residents could access that information via a web portal and see where, when and what crimes were taking place. This would be different from the UCR in that not convictions ...more »

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Protect every citizens right to freedom of speech

Stage: Active

Campaign: Working Together: Governments, Businesses, Non-Profits...

There has developed an obvious disconnect between the government and the people. The people that are governed are the body that should have a voice in the way that our country is run. Large corporations and insurance companies have way too much power and with the big banks just do whatever they want. They are not above the law. This administration has the hopes of an entire country to make the changes. There are so many ...more »

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On transparency

Stage: Active

Campaign: Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Hi DOJ, Thank you for this opportunity. President Obama has repeatedly stated that he prefers to move forward, rather than revisit the actions of the previous administration. As a result, we now seem to have a need for transparency due to the subsequent clouding. Since ALL crime everywhere is always in the past, justice was invented to provide closure, through legal, transparent means. Though I believe I have some comprehension ...more »

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Promote dialogue between Sr. Leaders & Staff?

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Campaign: Working Together: Governments, Businesses, Non-Profits...

Blogging tools or other social media technologies could be used to make it easier for Sr. Leaders at DOJ and staff to have real discussions. In addition to helping ferret out new ways to make the Dept. more efficient, I think this would help ensure that the day-to-day actions our in line with Dept's long term vision. Get leaders blogging & let staff respond!

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You really want to be transparent?

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Campaign: Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Then publish, in a timely manner, the names of all politicans, and their conversations, who contact the DOJ to discuss,inquire or give an opinion on any case under the DOJ. Remember the Jane Harman affair?..clear cut case if there ever was one...and what happened?...Nothing. Want to share who squelched that? You want people to work with you? O.K., I have a deal for you. If you don't want to publish what I suggested ...more »

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Online Public Access to Victims Complaints and The Responses

Stage: Active

Campaign: Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

I would like to see a method that would allow public oversight concerning law enforcement and DOJ responses to formal complaints about criminal activity/victimization. Separately we could press for the inclusion of organized stalking, or stalking by three or more perpetrators as a distinct category. Ideally, I would like to see an ONLINE daily or weekly log accessible to the public, showing all the different categories ...more »

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ARRA Reporting requirements

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Campaign: New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

The reporting requirements under the ARRA are cumbersome. I understand the need, but it would be so much easier for the person responsible for completing the periodic reports if they were to be found in one place, instead of going to one site for the PMT, one for the 425 and one for the 1512 c. When you have more than one ARRA grant award it is difficult to remember what report is required, where to go to complete the ...more »

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