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Federalize or Deputize the Contract Security Force

I have been reviewing the lastest news concerning the contract guard force. I believe if we do one or the other, it will help further the training needed to have a better qualified force. 1. There are many no fee programs offered to Law Enforcement personnel but none to the guard force. With being Federalize/Dupitize they will have access to all Government Training Programs. Right now they lack the opputunity to participate ...more »

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Northern New England Borders

We focus on Airlines, Coastal Waters and the Mexican Border, but what is transpiring across our Northern Borders through Canada and notorious Smuggling cities like Montreal?

Add additional resources to the effort of maintaining ALL our Borders. Facilities in Northern Maine and Northern New York well help further protect against threats like 9/10/2001.

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Northern New England Borders

We focus on Airlines, Coastal Waters and the Mexican Border, but what is transpiring across our Northern Borders through Canada and notorious Smuggling cities like Montreal?

Add additional resources to the effort of maintaining ALL our Borders. Facilities in Northern Maine and Northern New York well help further protect against threats like 9/10/2001.

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Make my log-in work across all agency dialogue sites

It appears that I have to create a new account for each agency's dialogue. Since there are 20-something dialogues, it would be good to create one sign-on that would work across all these sites.

 

There's also the ability to use Google and other single sign-on methods, but many users may prefer to create an account that is less identifying.

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Make the tag cloud more visible/accessible

I can't seem to find the tag cloud anywhere on the site. Can you make this more accessible/visible to users?

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Announce This Program to DHS Employees

Let employees know about this new website. They are also stakeholders and should be able to voice their opinions as well. They also have a vested interest in what the public has to say about their agency, its mission, and its people. Let's be transparent with our own employees.

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PLEASE REMOVE ' Off Topic' ideas from the open ideas

I think I like the idea of 'suggestion'type ideas to be moved to 'off-topic'

BUT I would like to see that those off-topic ideas be listed only under that "Off-Topic" category and NOT under the ideas that are currently being discussed.

 

So if possible see that only ideas relevant to the participation are shown / visible to users or contributors to this program

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Off Topic?

I don't have a problem with removing "off-topic" posts and putting them in their own forum, but why shut down comments and voting on these posts? First of all, I don't think everyone agrees with the administrators' judgments of on-topic or off-topic posts and secondly, even if ideas start as slightly off-topic, they can lead to meaningful and helpful debate that relates to the topic at hand. Why shut down this ...more »

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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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User Response to Comments is insufficient.

The voting on comments should account for more detailed feedback. Agree and Disagree is not specific enough for the users. For example, what if the comment is unintelligible, or needs clarification? Thumbs up and Down doesn't explain our reaction well enough. Good ideas can be overlooked too easily within a popularity contest. I'm thinking choices along these lines: (Strongly Agree, Somewhat Agree, Don't Understand, Off ...more »

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Allow people to select handles or aliases

First, this is a great site!

 

To protect people's privacy and promote candid dialogue, please allow people to select a display name. Many email addresses are the full first and last name of a person. DHS employees and contractors could then feel free to contribute.

 

Suggest allowing people to "Preview" how their post (including their display name) will be displayed, before posting.

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The need for timestamps and periodic reports of impact.

If all content on the site was timestamped (at least by date, but preferably by hour) users could make judgements about the currency of the content and the flow of interaction.

 

If the moderator- or users- were to provide claims or better yet evidence about ideas being used in some way, it might incent people with real interest to really participate.

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