Citizen participation


Citizen participation

Expert Net: Trolling for New Ideas

Thursday, December 30th, 2010 - 17:10
Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 16:06
Earlier this month, the White House announced that it is seeking public input on “a design concept for a government-wide software tool and process to elicit expert public participation.”  The announcement says that the government is looking to expand its traditional approaches of getting citizen input – announcements in the Federal Register and the use of Advisory Committees –

Rip Van Winkel Awakens: Does He Look Like Nicholas Cage?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010 - 11:24
Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 10:19
We were here for the reawakening of the Administrative Conference of the U.S. and it felt like a scene out of “National Treasure.”  In fact, I keep looking around for Nicholas Cage.  Here I was, at a reception in the Great Hall of the National Archives, able to look at the originals of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights without standing in a line and having to continually shuffle forward under the mutterings of “please keep moving” by impatient guards.

Improving Customer Service

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 - 9:24
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 08:20
In the 1990s, the Clinton-Gore Reinventing Government effort thought the answer was “yes.”  President Clinton issued a customer service executive order in 1993 followed up in 1995 with a memo to institutionalize the initiative.

Is Open Gov 1950 Stymieing Open Gov 2010?

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 - 13:23
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 13:08
The Federal Records Act of 1950 creates a framework to manage agency records.  It puts the National Archives and Records Administration in charge of oversight of the system and NARA determines the historical value of federal records and operates Federal Records Centers around the country.

Strategies Promoting Collaboration on the Front Line

Monday, August 30th, 2010 - 13:29
Monday, August 30, 2010 - 13:22
A new IBM Center report, Strategies for Supporting Front Line Collaboration: Lessons from Stewardship Contracting, by the University of Oregon’s Cassandra Moseley, describes how the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S.

Crowdsourcing Government Reform

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 - 14:39
Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 14:34
Shortly after President Obama took office, he reached out to the public for ideas on issues his new administration should address. He sponsored an “Open for Questions” forum and encouraged people to submit questions, and rank and vote on which should be top priorities. More than 100,000 questions were submitted, but participants didn’t always respond to the suggested topic areas, such as home ownership, health care reform, education, veterans, etc. Instead, they added their own and

A Video Overview of Using Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) to Enhance Citizen Participation

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 - 10:02
The current third wave (Geospatial Web 2.0 platforms) has seen a dramatic increase in the use of GIS by citizens, such as obtaining transit and crime information. Professor Ganapati presents several case examples of how GIS is now being used by local governments across the nation. Of special interest to Professor Ganapati is the potential use of GIS in reaching out to citizens to increase their participation in planning and decisionmaking.

Creating a Problem-Solving Network (Part I)

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 - 11:40
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 11:20
The Obama Administration says it wants to create “problem solving networks” across the government. Well, yesterday a group of like-minded people from across the government convened to discuss creating just such a network around the implementation of agencies’ Open Government Plans.   While there is a formal cross-agency Open Government Working Group, many people at the staff level seem to feel excluded and see a need to develop their own network.&n

Scorecarding Agency Open Gov Plans

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 - 21:14
The Obama Administration announced today a scorecard of the quality of the plans submitted earlier this month by 29 major agencies.  Using a checklist of 30 criteria, the scorecards show all agencies rating either a “yellow” or a “green” on their scorecards.

Congress and Citizen Engagement

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 - 20:33
Earlier this week, the Pew Center’s survey on citizen trust in government shows trust in government has plummeted to record lows.  As if to support these findings, there were “gun rallies” in support of Second Amendment rights a few days ago.  And last week, there was a