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What information and high-value data should we provide to make our agency more accountable, improve public knowledge of our work, and create economic opportunity? How can we make information and data available in a timely and accessible manner?

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DOJ Legislative Histories

The DOJ Library has digitized important collections of legislative histories that had been compiled by various offices and entities across the agency. They have been available only through the agency intranet, and yet they are of great public interest. These legislative histories should all be accessible, in an easily searchable database, on the agency Web site.

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I hope this site is a new begining for the DOJ.

Your agency is totally secretive, I myself have gotten the runaround on two FOIA requests.

Is this the begining of new day at the DOJ? Are you going to clean up the widespread corruption in the federal criminal justice system in NYC?

That would be a great place to start.

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The General Public's Right to Expose Corrupt Public Servants

The General Public's Right to Expose Corrupt Public Servants Effective management of public services implies well-organized and law-abiding functioning of the body oriented toward proper implementation of imposed tasks with principles of accountability and publicity duly observed. Neglect of any of the above mentioned principles poses threat to both state and society especially dangerous if self-interest motivated. In ...more »

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Make all online documentation citable to a paragraph level

WHAT Urge governments to publish granular permalinks for all documents on their websites. WHY * Enable citizens to reliably cite government websites on their personal blogs, on public sites like Wikipedia, or elsewhere. * Provide unique identifiers that enable aggregation of citations. * Make the civic discourse surrounding government websites more discoverable. HOW * An easy-to-deploy archival ...more »

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Large-Scale Fraud Alleged in PACER & CM/ECF

Allowing more free access to false US court records is not necessarily an improvement. Los Angeles, March 17 - in response to March 17, 2010 article by Tony Mauro in The National Law Journal titled: “Judicial Conference Moves Federal Courts Toward More Public Access”,[1] Dr Joseph Zernik, Los Angeles Resident, posted a comment, alleging large scale fraud on the people in the implementation of PACER and CM/ECF at the ...more »

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Violent Person's Registry

http://www.opendoj.ideascale.com/a/dtd/28595-7036 I just saw a post asking you to be more open with stalking laws. But I would like to see Statistics on the use of the Violent Persons Registry. Not sure if that falls under your jurisdiction. In the U.K. it's a list that people can be added to, listing them as violent or potentially violent without their knowledge. Under the American Community Health and Safety programs, ...more »

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Create a Public Complaint Website

I think that the DOJ should create a public complaint website (refer to www.ripoff.com as an example), for all types of public complaints. Then, actually have the government agencies follow-through with investigation of valid complaints. I have filed complaints with the Comptroller of the Currency, State Attorney General's Office, EEOC, FCC and various other federal agency websites. Other than the Michigan Attorney ...more »

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Create centralized listing of research data sets/code books

Create a listing of all “research” data sets held by the various Bureaus and agencies within DOJ at a single location with basic information about that data. Data, itself, does not need to be housed there – just a list of data sets and elements along with descriptive information so that staff know what exists when planning research. (By research data set, I am referring to data repositories reflecting operational or other ...more »

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DOJ research conference

Sponsor an annual conference for research staff from various DOJ agencies/ Bureaus. This conference should allow DOJ-scholars to present their DOJ-research -- similar to a typical academic conference. This would allow DOJ presenters and DOJ audience members to exchange knowledge in a dynamic way with respect to what data may be available to complement a given project, or identify new questions or collaborative partners ...more »

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Judicial Bribery is endemic to our courts. Stamp it Out!

A recent note in the Yale Law Journal estimates judicial bribes at 1,000,000 per year in civil and traffic courts. The following comments are reported in detail on my website, www.bobpalmerphd.com. Bribery is endemic to our courts, because those persons vested with authority to prosecute judicial bribery are indifferent. They fail to do their job. In 2003 I complained to the L.A.D.A. that my former stockbroker ...more »

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Track arrest/conviction ratios by demographic on per-court basis

In my opinion, one of the biggest issues facing the DOJ is the disproportionate percentage of racial minorities who are convicted of committing crimes, in relation to the percentage of minorities who are charged with committing crimes. After someone is arrested, minorities are far more likely to be charged with a crime; after being charged with a crime, minorities are far more likely to be convicted; after being ...more »

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More Intuitive Reporting of Performance Information

The Department of Justice should look at best practices for reporting performance information currently in use by state governments. Due to the more restrictive budget climates faced by state governments, they are much further along in effectively collecting and reporting useful performance information to the public. The Government Accounting and Standards Board (GASB) has developed Service Efforts and Accomplishments ...more »

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