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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

221g Administrative processing

Also with 221g Administrative processing, there should be a deadline on when it would be completed. I have read a lot of forums that some people have been waiting for years to get a response. Others are still waiting. During this long waiting period, the petitioner and beneficiary go thru pain and suffering, and the frustration that the US government is not doing enough for them. It is also frustrating to call USCIS ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Delivering Integrated EMI training to the public hlth workforce

Delivering Integrated EMI training to the public health workforce – a simple fix States and organizations responsible for maintaining records for required Emergency Management Institute (EMI) courses report that they are spending approximately a quarter of a million dollars annually to manually integrate completion information into TRAIN (https://www.train.org), which serves over 50% of the public health workforce ...more »

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

Information Sharing

The sharing of timely information important to critical infrastructure by federal agencies is a fallacy. We're told time and again that various security clearances are needed before information can be shared. As an InfraGard member, I'm asked to report suspicious or unusual activity; a one-way street. My suggestion is simple. Make obtaining various security clearances less onerous to obtain and direct those agencies ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Preparation is Not a Dirty Word

DHS needs to put out comprehensive instructions for preparing for different disasters. Natural and man-made disasters occur someplace daily but those who would prepare are characterized as crazy people. The job of helping after any sort of disaster is improved if victim's are not in a state of total devestation. The only way that can be avoided is to prepare in advance. We Americans are not used to having to prepare, ...more »

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

More Public Awareness

I believe making the public more aware of possible terrorist and/or terrorist threats will assist budget and personnel strapped law enforcement agencies to leverage off the public sector. Shows like, "Americas Most Wanted", have assisted law enforcement in catching criminals. Request you explore using this type of medium to let people know, you need help. Other Public awareness programs are: Crime Stoppers (which ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Visa Stamp option should be available in USA

To avoid lots of confustion and to full fill one commitment without fail Visa stamp option should be available in USA. I am sharing my personal feeling online now with lots of trust on DHS I also stuck in my home country after admin process and now visa denial after 6 months. I lived in states for more than 3 years and was working for same company. I have my apartment, household items, car and what not. I was paying ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

DHS should live webcast all meetings

The Department of Homeland Security 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 ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Increased collaboration and problem solving

Many organizations have improved their operations a great deal by encouraging their employees to contribute improvement ideas. If it is made easy, fast and the ideas get implemented the majority of employees will have ideas to contribute. The DHS has a trained, experienced workforce, let's give them a way to contribute their ideas for improvement. Let's set an expectation that all DHS personnel will watch for opportunities ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

DHS innovation

DHS needs to improve its hiring methods. It seems that the department is missing opportunities to recruit and hire qualified candidates. There are many individuals who have an education in national security and could bring new ideas to agency yet these people are excluded from consideration based entirely on how they answer a questionaire during the application process on USAJobs.com. The entire application process is ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Fed Fatigue

I currently have clients who have to deal with up to five separate federally regulated or supervised risk management programs. These include MTSA, CFATS, NERC CIP, EPA Programs and TSA Pipeline Security (Not to mention DOT Security for their vehicles). All have different risk management practices to include different threat assessment methodologies (if any) methods for measuring consequence and techniques for identifying ...more »

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

Transparency and Broader Collaboration

Although i posted this under Working Together ... it also relates to transparency in how DHS dollars are spent across the nation. Not just grant dollars, but contracts, MOUs, cost reimbursements and in-kind resource exchanges. DHS should identify all its MOU's, contracts, cost reimbursements, in-kind resource exchanges and grants that do not compromise national security so that American citizens in all sectors can ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

DON"T OUTSOURCE HOMELAND SECURITY

To whom it may concern, I am posting this idea in response to a disturbing issue that is happening in Montana. The airport where I work,(GPI),as well other Montana airports, have applied to return to a private contract screening force. Having worked for a private contractor prior to GPI federalization, I feel this is a step backwards in the evolution of Homeland Security. The de-federalization of Homeland Security ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

TSA and privitazation

Dear Madam Napalitano; I would like someone to put an end to this SPP program. At GPI in Montana and three other airports have filed to go private. This affects over 100 TSA employees. The TSA employees have been wating for a decision now for over one YEAR. We have already lost people with many years of experience because of this. The possibility of loosing our Fedrqal jobs creates much added stress. It is true that ...more »

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Provide Top 3 Strategic Goal Metrics for all DHS Components

Provide a one stop shopping information portal to the public that lists data and metrics related to the Top 3 Strategic Goals for each and every DHS Component. Quarterly would be reasonable I suppose. If a component's goal was 10 annually, and 1st qrtr was 3, second qrtr was still 3, that component would not be pleased to post that performance. That's accountability. The goals should be of public interest. Sharing meaningless ...more »

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Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Immigration -National Visa Center

Information from the phone contact system is not always up-to-date about cases. Need to improve it to provide the actual/current status of cases. Applications take a long time at the USCIS Office, but there is a tool where one can check the status of a case online. We need to have a similar online tool to check status of cases that are at the NVC. It should give a general ideas on where in the process a case is.

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Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Glacier Park International Airport, Kalispell, MT

To:Director Napolitano. With regard to the proposed privatization of the above I wish to register my very strong objections to this SPP program. I am a traveler through the airport and I have also worked there and so I do know at first hand the general situation. The Airport Director (Cindi Martin) states that her reason for privatization is due to the fact that there were delays in processing passengers during ...more »

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Tell Us How to Improve this Site...

Keep the topic visible

I am an emergency manager and a member of the Central Massachusetts Homeland Security Advisory Council so the self-improvement concept that lies behind these sessions is of critical importance. It is extremely frustrating to see so few posts being anywhere near on the current topic of how we can better involve NGOs, non-federal, and citizen groups in the defense of our homeland. When I look back at the web-set I notice ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: REACHING MORE PEOPLE

After years of disaster preparedness education, only about 50% of the population has indicated they have engaged in some kind of preparedness activity. More must be done to reach and motivate people. One method, not currently in widespread use, is to involve property management organizations in the preparedness process. Property managers represent an administrative connection to buildings or communities and their ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Implement IdeaFactory for DHS Employees

I know that the DHS Secretary has announced that we would have IdeaFactory up and running by 1/11/10, but it has never been rolled out. If there are technical issues or labor issues with certain components, roll it out to the rest. We are anxiously awaiting our opportunity to submit ideas to make DHS a better place to work. If you are able to get this system up and running, why can't we get IdeaFactory rolled out?

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Public School Curriculum Situational Awareness & Preparedness

Has anyone ever considered attempting to integrate general situational awareness strategies and personal preparedness as part of the school curriculum from grade school on through high school? Kids love this stuff, but it is not taught in school unless it is about drugs, alcohol, sex, and don't talk to strangers. Very few if any schools work to create situational awareness and personal preparedness in students. You ...more »

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New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Program Viability/Executability

Too many Government programs overrun these days. I believe that favorable program acquisition decisions should not be made without realistic life cycle program costs. Those costs should be reviewed in conjunction with the current budget constraints to determine whether they are viable or whether capability should be traded off in order to stay within a constrained budget. Too often programs are allowed to proceed through ...more »

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