(@kelly.dougherty)

Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

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)

Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

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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(@guerlempsjean)

Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

Immigration -National Visa Center

Information from the phone contact system is not always up-to-date about cases. Need to improve it to provide the actual/current status of cases. Applications take a long time at the USCIS Office, but there is a tool where one can check the status of a case online. We need to have a similar online tool to check status of cases that are at the NVC. It should give a general ideas on where in the process a case is.

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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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(@ema000)

Tell Us How to Improve this Site...

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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(@disasterwiz)

New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION: REACHING MORE PEOPLE

After years of disaster preparedness education, only about 50% of the population has indicated they have engaged in some kind of preparedness activity. More must be done to reach and motivate people. One method, not currently in widespread use, is to involve property management organizations in the preparedness process. Property managers represent an administrative connection to buildings or communities and their ...more »

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(@terrencehill)

New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Implement IdeaFactory for DHS Employees

I know that the DHS Secretary has announced that we would have IdeaFactory up and running by 1/11/10, but it has never been rolled out. If there are technical issues or labor issues with certain components, roll it out to the rest. We are anxiously awaiting our opportunity to submit ideas to make DHS a better place to work. If you are able to get this system up and running, why can't we get IdeaFactory rolled out?

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17 votes
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(@mooregl)

New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Public School Curriculum Situational Awareness & Preparedness

Has anyone ever considered attempting to integrate general situational awareness strategies and personal preparedness as part of the school curriculum from grade school on through high school? Kids love this stuff, but it is not taught in school unless it is about drugs, alcohol, sex, and don't talk to strangers. Very few if any schools work to create situational awareness and personal preparedness in students. You ...more »

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(@katie.geier)

New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Program Viability/Executability

Too many Government programs overrun these days. I believe that favorable program acquisition decisions should not be made without realistic life cycle program costs. Those costs should be reviewed in conjunction with the current budget constraints to determine whether they are viable or whether capability should be traded off in order to stay within a constrained budget. Too often programs are allowed to proceed through ...more »

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(@kimberley.williams)

Working Together: Governments, Businesses, Non-Profits...

SPP (Screening Partnership Program) outsourcing is costly

According to to GAO report, SPP costs the federal government 17% more to operate. In Montana we have seven east side airports that are private and the other seven airports are federalized. The SPP department has pushed to make Montana the pilot program for privatization. In Montana we feel that screening for profit is not what our indended mission is about. These outsourced jobs are not guarenteed to these federal ...more »

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16 votes
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(@drhonker)

Tell Us How to Improve this Site...

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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15 votes
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(@terrencehill)

Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

One DHS Virtual Awards Ceremony

Instead of each component having their own awards ceremony, have one, virtual awards ceremony for all DHS and post stories of each inspiring award winner on the web. The public should hear about Coast Guardians who rescue those in need of assistance, Border Patrol agents who save illegal immigrants from drowning or dying of thirst, and other everyday heros who work for DHS. This will serve as a counterpoint for the ...more »

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15 votes
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(@m.hodges)

Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

SPP Program

Dear Director Napolitano: Please help us!!! We have a disturbing issue happening here in Montana. Three years ago TSA sent personnel to our airports promoting the SPP Program. Why would TSA promote a program that would cause their own loyal trained employees to become unemployed??? The studies we have researched have shown the SPP Program to cost more to the taxpayer and cause us to lose our federal job status. ...more »

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(@cintra.morton)

Data Availability, Information Quality, Accountability...

SPP/Outsourcing

Our airport, Glacier International Airport, has applied for the Screening Partnership Program, also known as SPP or Opt-Out. Studies have shown that the SPP program costs the taxpayers more money than keeping the Federal TSO’s. A private company is in business to make profits and this cannot be done at the expense of the traveling public. The de-federalization of Homeland Security is not a wise use of our tax payers’ ...more »

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