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How can our agency encourage two-way conversations with the public to share ideas and expertise to improve our work? What specific tools and strategies should we use to encourage these public conversations?
(@stedford)

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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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(@nikki0)

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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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(@kelly.dougherty)

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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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(@freddiem11)

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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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(@gabb00)

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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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(@rkozloski)

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National Planning Scenarios

I understand the history of the current DRAFT versions of national planning scenarios that were circulated for the past few years and that DHS has undertaken an effort to create new scenarios. This cannot be a DHS led initiative. DHS, State, and DoD need to work with the NSC and NIC to develop a set of realistic planning scenarios. Many of these scenarios, such as WMD Proliferation, are global threats and would cross... more »

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(@jebediahdoe)

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Threat level revamp idea

The color-coded system is a pain, it fluctuates a lot, and the effect it has on people is it desensitizes them. No one really understands why it changes colors. We need to find a way for people to be prepared and know of possible threats. What is better than the threat advisory system? I say, Look at weather advisories. There are weather advisories, tornado watches, tornado warning. Advisories are like, a "Be on the... more »

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Public Security Reporting Tools

To get the public really involved in the counter-terrorism effort there needs to be a variety of easy to use mechanisms for them to report potential security issues. For example the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division has a hot line (http://csat-help.dhs.gov/ FAQ #1620) for people to report “possible security concern involving the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation” at the facility they... more »

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(@hankinchris)

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Better leverage open source software and open IT

The 1,600 members of Open Source for America are dedicated to supporting and guiding federal efforts to make the US government more open through the use of open source software. We have established recommendations for all agencies to consider in their Open Government Plans, with these recommendations especially highlighting the need to remove barriers to the successful leveraging of open source software and open IT more... more »

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(@michaelwalsh)

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Cybersecurity: Consolidated Zero-Day Citizen Reporting Portal

DHS should partner with commercial companies and government agencies to provide a consolidated portal for citizen reporting zero day vulnerabilities in both proprietary and open source code. Citizen reports should be relayed to both national CERTs and the companies or communities respond for patching the vulnerability. All reports should be logged into a secure central system managed by the government, similar to... more »

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(@editor)

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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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(@joycesalle)

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better communication and outreach efforts

If this is such an important initiative, not only for DHS but for the entire federal government, then why has there been no communication from the media? There should be public service announcements/advertisements on tv, the radio, newspapers, etc so that everyone is aware this initiative is occuring. When conducting the National Dialogues on the QHSR last summer, public outreach efforts included direct calls and emails... more »

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