From: Stephen Buckley <sbuckley@igc. org>
Subject: See WBer idea posted on the website

Dear Community of Whistleblowers,

I thought you might like to vote “thumbs-up” at the website for my “Safe Whistleblowing” idea (although I do not call it that).  Feel free to vote for the other ones, too.

Here’s the message (below) that I’m sending out for general distribution.

Stephen Buckley
Whistleblower – U.S. Dept. of Energy

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Dear All,

I humbly ask that you review and vote on my four ideas that I posted on the White House’s brainstorming session on “open government”.  (Note: The website – and voting – will close sometime this Thursday.)

The idea descriptions (below) are the short versions.

And, if you DO like any of them, please forward this email, with an endorsement, as you see fit.


1.” –> Customized to What Affects YOU

The government should be trying to engage YOU (not vice-versa). For example, an email-notice can reach out and engage you, but an obscure website does not. “” would let you fill out a profile, so that you will get email-notices ONLY about those things that affect YOU. (This is how already works.)

Give that idea a “thumbs-up” here:
http://opengov. ideascale. com/akira/ dtd/2929- 4049

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2. Make It Safe for Govt. Workers to Innovate to Save Money

I’m a former federal employee who worked at five different agencies, and I know from experience that the only way for to make it safe for government workers to talk about saving money with innovative ideas (or simply pointing out waste) is to have an online system that allows them to raise the idea BUT hides their true identity. (FYI: The existing Inspector-General system does NOT do this.)

Give that idea a “thumbs-up” here:
http://opengov. ideascale. com/akira/ dtd/2481- 4049

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3. Give Citizens a Simple Checklist for Rating “Public Engagement

Citizens should have a simple checklist that they can take when they attend a public meeting so that they can rate how “open” the meeting was (i.e., with respect to Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration) .

This simple checklist could be the standard tool for citizens to provide feedback to government agencies about the quality of their public engagement activities. In fact, the requirement for federal department and agencies to “solicit public feedback” about their public engagement is mentioned three (3) times in President Obama’s Memorandum on Transparent and Open Government. (BTW: The League of Women Voters has something similar to this.)

Give that idea a “thumbs-up” here:
http://opengov. ideascale. com/akira/ dtd/2789- 4049

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4. Let’s Be Clear on the Terminology about “Public Engagement”

We need to better define the terms that we are using in order to have a better discussion about how we achieve Open Government. For example: If a “town-hall meeting” can be a political speech followed by couple questions, then does that qualify as “public engagement” (or is it just a photo-op)?

If we all have different ideas about what is (and is not) “public engagement” or “transparency” or (insert buzzword here), then we will have a very hard time reaching consensus about how to go forward. (This, of course, is one lesson from “The Tower of Babel“).

Give that idea a “thumbs-up” here:
http://opengov. ideascale. com/akira/ dtd/2693- 4049

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Thank you for taking the time to give this your consideration.


Stephen Buckley
Chatham, Mass.
H/O: 508-945-0518

P.S.  The language above is taken from my blog.   The direct web-address to that specific posting is:
http://tinyurl. com/p4yueq