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Reform MyGOV Project Requirements

The task of building a website that crowd-sources policy ideas from people, allows for comments, voting, sharing, and other elements, is significant. We have built-out our preliminary technical requirements document, which you can view here. If you are interested in helping us fulfill our goal, please review this document and get in touch with our team.

Project Requirements

  • Provides a way for people to register, and create a basic or advanced user profile that includes but is not limited to: first name and last name, a valid e-mail for authentication, city, state and zip code of primary residence, business or organization, if they are a registered lobbyist or agent / executive of a corporation, and a picture.
  • Integrates with, scrapes, or shares the latest legislation available in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as legislation being considered at a state level.
  • Allows a person, once registered, to view proposed legislation, general policy areas, or policy concepts, and submit either amendments, full legislation, or legislative / policy concepts for others to view and consider.
  • Enables a person to forward their suggestion to specific policy-makers for their consideration via e-mail (potentially limiting such submissions based on a certain volume per month or per week, and potentially allowing advanced users the ability to send more with a higher tier membership) OR allowing them to print and mail such proposals to them at their own expense.
  • Allows people to simply vote on policy concepts or specific bills that they favor, and add comments to those proposals.
  • Allows people to look-up their elected representative, and view their positions on specific bills or policy concepts.
  • Allows people to view all registered political opponents to their elected representative, and view their positions on specific bills or policy concepts.
  • Allows people to view proposals from organizations, corporations, or special interest groups.
  • Requires people who are lobbyists, or agents of a specific organization or company, to register as lobbyists or agents with the site, so users know what external factors may impact why a person favors or opposes a specific proposal / bill.

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