(@stuartmoffatt)

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Open-source HAZUS software

HAZUS-MH, a multi-hazard risk assessment software tool from FEMA, should be open-sourced. Improvements in usability, GIS integration, reports, and in some cases scientific modeling can be achieved by opening the source code while still maintaining an authoritative version for grant-funded programs like HMGP.

 

(See an academic editorial regarding Open HAZUS at http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000022)

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(@davidnuttle)

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Homeland Security Support from NGOs/ Non-Profits

The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) seeks the cooperation/ support of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and non-profits (charities) in the improvement of homeland security efforts in the U.S. Such increased cooperation has seldom occurred because DHS is not providing direct planning and/or funding of subject efforts. DHS tends to provide funds to individual states, and most states lack the personnel skilled... more »

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(@karen.shea)

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Helium-3 Working Group

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has new radiation detectors which require Helium-3, unfortunately there is an insufficient supply on the Earth. Helium-3 is also needed for Military, Medical, Fusion research and Scientific use. The Moon has a large amount of Helium-3. Homeland Security should form a working group with members from TSA, DOD, the scientific community, Dr. Harrison Schmitt and Dr. Gerald... more »

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(@jlvanpraag)

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No more private/for-profit prisons to incarcerate immigrants

Ms. Napolitano, we have you on record several times saying immigrants would no longer be incarcerated just for coming here, yet you are working with Corplan Corrections for a new facility in Benson, AZ, and you are still allowing the infamous Tent City in Raymondville and the other prison at Port Isabel, both in Texas. Why? Please explain how this can possibly be change we can all believe in?

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(@editor)

Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Regularizing dates for DHS events

It would be extremely helpful to the public, vendors and the media if DHS would schedule annual, recurring events on the same dates each year. This would aid planning, participation and transparency. Three events in particular could benefit from annualization: 1) Release of the Grants Guidance. This has been released in the past on a variety of days in the November-February time frame. I would suggest that Dec. 1 each... more »

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(@p.bonanno)

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Popular Suggestions..what happens next?

Tell us what happens if and when a suggestion becomes popular?

 

Actually contact the poster with feedback if the suggestion made is going to be presented to an office that is going to move forward with a new goal after reading that person's suggestion.

 

Keeping posters informed is important for this website to remain popular.

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(@p.bonanno)

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle HIGH VOLTAGE Safety Training

This idea was removed becuase it contained personally identifiably information, thus violating the site's Terms of Participation. Please re-submit your idea in accordance with the Terms of Participation.

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(@theownerbuilder)

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CTR (Construction Talk Radio)

Disaster awareness, education, preparation, and mitigation starts with communications. There exists, a nationwide infrastructure for disaster preparation communications. CTR. LOCAL BUILDERS, networking their own counties. Already proven in Northern California, a platform for which all interested parties to interact and educate the public on building principals and practices, codes, WUI issues, and more. An ongoing forum... more »

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(@steven.hopkins)

New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure Watch Program(HS CIWP)

National Homeland Security Initiative “Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure Watch Program”. The mission of Homeland Security in part is to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure systems. This proposal directly and proactively solicits the involvement of the American public to become the eyes and ears of local, state and federal officials, toward enhancing the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure... more »

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(@davidnuttle)

Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

End the DHS Voting Distortion

Votes should be listed in the order received, and not by the number of votes received. Those ideas submitted first, and having votes already, tend to attract far more votes than recent submissions with few votes. USDA is listing ideas in the order received, because they are well aware of the voting distortion using the current approach, on this site, by DHS.

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(@kingsepp)

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counterintelligence

If we are serious about having a full, robust program of counterintelligence (not just counterespionage), it seems to me we need an agency or at least a division or branch devoted to countering intelligence threats. To do this, some basic elements would have to unite the following in one place: 1) True expertise on opposing intelligence institutions. For each institution, nation, or transnational group that is or could... more »

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(@rand00)

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Work with FCC to create an EAS for the Internet Age

I think we're all familiar with the FCC's Emergency Alert System (formerly the Emergency Broadcast System) that was designed to be used by broadcasters to inform the public in case of emergencies. The last update to this system was over ten years ago, in 1997. Since that time, we've seen a tremendous growth in Internet media and shifts in patterns in the way that citizens engage with each other - viewership of broadcast... more »

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(@mmgood52900)

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Everyone talking to one another at all levels of government

What ever happened to talking to one another at all levels. For the last 15 years, the federal, state, local, city have not spoken to the taxpayers unless they want a bill passed..If everyone would talk together instead of withing their own division (city, state, federal governemts) it would be a better place...Things would be done in a short period of time....WE need to work together as one unit, NOT DIVEDED!!!!! It... more »

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