Fed government "champions of participation"

Fed government "champions of participation"

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Hey, there're a lot of line workers in government who have gotten really serious about fixing things, both internally and with serious public involvement. This is a really big deal.

Nancy Scola at techPresident.com describes a lot of this at Executive Branchers Draw White House a Road Map to Participatory Government

Of note are recommendations including:

  1. Develop a high-level, inter-agency governance structure for implementing the Open Government Directive.
  2. Demonstrate the value of participation through highly visible Presidential initiatives.
  3. Respond to the barrier that public and stakeholder participation are not valued inside agencies.
  4. Ensure that participation and collaboration activities are adequately funded.
  5. Address institutional barriers that reward the status quo.

The folks at AmericaSpeaks.org have some specifics:

  • Require all agencies to submit plans within 120 days that outline how civic engagement will be incorporated into achieving their missions.
  • Convene a national policy discussion on health care reform in order to demonstrate the role that the public can play in national policy making on a key policy issue.
  • Establish a federal institute for public engagement, to
    gather research on best practices, conduct trainings for federal
    managers, and develop a knowledge-base on participation and
    collaboration.
  • Direct the nation’s 28 Federal Executive Boards to implement collaborative partnership efforts at the regional level and report on plans for their participation and collaboration projects within 180 days.
  • Require agencies to modify and augment existing performance measurement and scorecard systems to include community engagement criteria and metrics.
  • Provide agencies with incentives to pilot public engagement
    through a prestigious government-wide award, a competition among
    agencies for funding to support new participation and collaboration
    projects, learning opportunities, and incentives that are integrated
    into senior leadership competency requirements.

Like I say, a really big deal, genuine transformation in big ways.

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Gwynne Kostin

Thanks, Craig, for continuing this topic! I want to add a plug for better work between the Feds and the locals.
Too many times the Feds come down to the locals with it "all figured out." It's a corollary to the joke, "We're from the government: We're here to help."
There should also be incentives and programs to bubble up solutions from the local level and to create a better network of government resources from all levels–federal, state, county, city, town, school districts, tribal, etc.–actually working together.
There are great solutions that make sense that Washington has no clue about! We need to unearth and embrace innovations from people on the front lines, in our own neighborhoods.

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