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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Solicit public input on inmate activities

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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Online Public Access to Victims Complaints and The Responses

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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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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