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How should we collaborate with individuals, businesses, non-profits, other agencies, or state/local governments? What kinds of prizes/contests should we consider to attract others in working with us? What top problems should we tackle together?
(@john.culwell)

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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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(@wroberts)

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eAPIS availability/Remote areas

As it stands now, eAPIS must be used via the internet. This creates substantial problems for remote operators, such as seaplanes in remote lakes of Canada. Internet service is simply not available. Although CBP did make some changes to the rule-making, the simple fact remains that weather cannot be relied upon to allow a timely departure in these locations, thus potentially voiding an eAPIS general aviation manifest.... more »

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(@gregalimanestiano)

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Public/Private Industry Alliance

I believe that the DHS should maintain a List of Associations from a cross-section of industry. The industry associations on the List will have voluntarily chosen to be listed and the List made available to Congressional members at all times. The Listing is a method of contingency planning regarding a sudden and deep global financial downturn. Members of Congress will be able to enhance their view of the economic... more »

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(@jannah.scott)

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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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(@rkozloski)

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National Security Professionals

In 2007 the Bush Administration signed executive order 13434 establishing the National Security Professional Development concept. Although this concept appeared in a recent GAO report and in the DoD QDR, little information on its implementation has been provided to the public. At the same time we still see that the interagency has challenges working together to achieve common goals (Christmas Bomber, for example).... more »

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(@johnrivera)

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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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(@telward)

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Public Private Sector Outreach

HSIN could learn from the FBI's Infragard program. membership at Infragard has grown to over 30,000 individually vetted members, providing secure communications to and from Washington as well as between members. DHS HSIN should partner with Infragard to leverage this pool of infrastructure members. Another world-class public private partnership is OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Council, administered by Department... more »

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(@nancy.mccain)

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Make Sure your Share Current Information

In the DHS email distributed on Friday, a link was included to the National Disaster Education Coalition. I followed the link and was led to a federal computer access portal. After a little google, I found the web site for the NDEC. This site has not been updated since 2005. How current or valuable is that. In addition, I noted that not one national Citizen Corps Council representative. CCC's are the ones in the... more »

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(@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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(@wendall.f.bishop)

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Clearinghouse to Facilitate Special Disaster Relief Supplies

Background: There are well-established agencies and organizations in place to ensure basic human needs following a major disaster – food, water, clothing, shelter, medical care, relief workers, transportation, and of course monetary donations. But these disasters also create overwhelming, critical shortages of expensive and hard to transport items that are not readily available through government and non-government... more »

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(@ratimmin)

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FEMA Staging Bases

In reference to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission's mission to support possible closure of military bases, why can't DoD transfer ownership of certain bases to FEMA to use as "staging bases" where supplies and equipment can be strategically located in response to emergencies? In addition, these locations can be used for training. States where these bases reside could benefit as well in assisting... more »

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(@acdoc0)

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Medical preparedness provider database

Should have a database of all healthcare providers with a voluntary assigned territory for emergency care designated in advance. Since I have never been contacted I know this does not exist. Included should be all alternative health care providers such as acupuncturists etc. since in a major emergency ALL care could be critical. Necessary for participation is a suspension of liability for providers when the disaster is... more »

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(@mikespeiser47)

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Use hierarchical web-bsed collaboration tool: Samariteam

Hello! Perpetua Technologies has a low-cost tool called Samariteam that a number of CERT and VIPS sites are using. This system is designed specifically for Citizen Corps programs and works really well. It's designed from the ground up to be hierarchical and reduce or eliminate the burden on volunteer leadership to keep track of contact and location information. You can learn more about Samariteam at www.samariteam.com... more »

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