Monday, August 10, 2009
First Phase of Dialogue Complete
Yesterday was the last day of the first phase of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Dialogue; an effort to bring a wide variety of participants from outside of the government sector into the Quadrennial Review process. According to the Dialogue web site today over “10,000 people — stakeholders and partners — joined in this first ever outreach effort by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)”. From what I saw that number seems a little bit high, but I (like most of the participants) could only see the number of people that posted comments or the tallies of the people that voted on the various ‘ideas’ on the site. There was no way for the participants to gauge how many people actually viewed the site or registered with the Dialogue. What would be interesting to see is the publication of the registration information of the participants. No, not the individual registrations, but the number of people that registered on the site and their background as noted in the information they provided during the registration process. What would also be interesting is to see a listing of the ideas submitted during this phase of the Dialogue as well as the rating information provided by the participants. This could provide fodder for those of us in the blogosphere to continue to keep the dialogue in the public view while the DHS working groups are looking at the results of the dialogue and preparing things for the next phase of the Dialogue that will start at the end of this month. In any case, I am looking forward to August 31st when the Dialogue opens for the phase II discussion.