SmartComment Goes North
Comment Period on Alaska DEC's Oil Discharge Rules Marks Our 3rd Project in the 49th State
SmartComment has been hired by the state's lead environmental agency, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, to provide it with a better way to gather and respond to public input for a set of important environmental proposals.
The Infrastructure Impasse
President Trump's Meeting Walk-Out Is Only The Latest Setback In Fixing America's Roads and Bridges. Here's What Else Stands In The Way.
Three minutes into a scheduled infrastructure meeting with Democratic Congressional leaders on Wednesday, President Trump abruptly left the meeting, angry about continuing investigations into his administration by Congress.
For those following the fate of a potential infrastructure bill, it's only the latest in a series of disappointing setbacks that have thus far stalled any kind of momentum on a bipartisan pledge to fix the nation's crumbling transportation routes.
How Your Clients Are Shaping You
The Best Part About New Work Isn't Business Growth. It's Learning.
There are a lot of reasons to love new clients and projects. They provide fuel for the growth of your business, proof of the need for the service you're offering the marketplace, and a wider network of contacts and colleagues throughout your industry.
But the best part about working on new things with new partners are the things you learn from doing it. In fact, I can't think of a single project we've undertaken that didn't directly lead to a new software feature, a fresh perspective on tackling an unforeseen problem, or a more exact view of the challenges facing the regulatory agencies and consultants that use our software as the backbone of their public comment process.
Conversation With An Environmental Planner
Eight Questions With Bari Schreiner of The Washington State Department of Ecology
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the coastal Northwest, Bari Schreiner needs no reminders about the importance of her job as an environmental planner for the Washington State Department of Ecology in Olympia, Wash. Among her duties, Schreiner helps oversee public engagement regarding rule changes and other proposals affecting the state's environment. She sat down with SmartComment to discuss how citizen outreach has changed during her career at the agency and why her team is turning to digital technology to transform its comment management process.
The 'Fake Comment' Problem
Stolen Identities, Tampered Submissions Are New Democracy Threat
When the Federal Communications Commission closed the public comment period regarding its proposed net neutrality repeal last year, the final tally of total comments they received was unbelievable.
The agency, tasked with overseeing America's broadcasters and internet providers, received almost 23 million public comments about the subject-one of the most controversial policy issues to be put before the public in years. But to log that many comments, 1 out of every 15 American citizens would have had to submit a comment to the agency-a scenario that would seem to test reality just as it might government servers.