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leverage social media to implement immigration reform

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Allow the US Citizenship and Immigration Services to use social media tools now to set the foundation for using these tools in the event of comprehensive immigration

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USCIS must leverage technology to identify, register and process individuals who are eligible for specific immigration benefits if the Immigration and Nationality Act is amended because of comprehensive immigration reform.
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I have ideas.

I have ideas of innovation for the DHS but don't want to share them with the rest of the world. How can I sit down face to face with people from your IT/Innovation team to see if my ideas have been considered or not. If they have not, how can I ensure they do not be jeopardized as I am looking to retire from Civil Service and work to contract the ideas out myself since money is the name of the game. I like everyone... more »

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Little Brother should be required reading to DHS employees

Cory Doctorow's novel Little Brother explains the dangers of trading civil liberties for security. The book also explains the differences between effective security and security rituals (things we do to appear that there is security). The book also contains knowledge about how the public responds to oppressive-like authority (even if it doesn't mean to be). Understanding someone is a matter of perspective. Homeland... more »

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Inspire on-line voting with television-style video

Please visit www.WhatsRight.TV to see how our web television network allows viewers to vote. There's no question that video (broadcast quality) on the web is far more engaging than text - and while this particular video has been live for voting for only about 10-days, our voters and representative count are equivalent to a Nielsen Poll - (approx. 1,000 participants)

If you are interested to discuss how our network can... more »

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DHS Projects & Openness

By way of a ready example.

I remember seeing a solicitation for http://www.darpa.mil/ipto/solicit/baa/BAA-08-20_PIP.pdf a project from DARPA called VIRAT (Visual Image Retrieval and Analysis Tool)

The idea was they provided aerial footage that they wanted to be able to monitor and analyze from surveillance craft. The only difficulty is that if you wanted to give a shot at it as private citizen there was no way to do... more »

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Filing flight plan

To avoid more incidents like the one in Austin that resulted in a plane being crashed into an IRS office, I would suggest that no plane be cleared for takeoff without a flight plan first being filed and that it be verified.

Even if a private pilot wants to just cruise around the skies a bit, some general info should be on file: i.e., will be flying north of the city or whatever, and if the plane deviates from the... more »

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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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long dealay on form I-130

I am an American citizen. I am desperate to bring my wife home to me. The bureaucratic struggle that we are facing is trying to say the least. Our story begins way back in early December 2008. After spending days filling out paperwork we began waiting. Of course the daily phone calls regarding our case brought no reply.
I was actually told by a USCIS representative to wait for SIX MONTHS! After much pointless negotiation... more »

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Create the Dept of "H20" Homeland Oil Operations/Emer Response

Create the Depatment of "H2O" (Homeland Oil Operations)
I have a proposal to present to you and our nation. I ask for guidance and your full support in creating a "Homeland Oil Operations" department legislation to protect and SAVE our nation.This will SAVE our environment and secure America and her people from future disasters like DeepWater Horizon. I have sent this in to federal and state levels of our government... more »

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Use of CAC Cards to Streamline Airport Screening

Have CAC Card readers installed in Airports that would allow Government & Military personnel to be identified easily and to possiblily reduce or eliminate their screening prior to boarding. Full screening for CAC card holders could be done on a random or sample basis to ensure that the process is still working. It also may be possible to adapt the philosophy of CAC Card ID to civilian flyers (corporate, frequent fliers,... more »

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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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LAX Security

I've noticed a potential security issue at Los Angeles International Airport and felt I should share it. In terminal 7 (and perhaps some of the other terminals) there is an open mezzanine that is upstairs past all security checkpoints. This mezzanine is only about 20 feet above the check-in areas. It would actually be rather easy for someone to throw a weapon up there (where I believe it would land in some decorative... more »

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