HHS Open Government Plan


Start: 2010-04-07, Publication: 2010-04-19


This Open Government Plan represents the official response of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the White House’s Open Government Directive, issued on December 8, 2009. The plan embraces the idea of working proactively and energetically to advance a culture of Open Government at HHS. We have created an Open Government Steering Group, designated senior accountable officials for Open Government, and formally charged our departmentwide Data Council, Chief Information Officer Council, and Innovation Council with a range of Open Government responsibilities. Through these bodies, we will help catalyze Open Government action across HHS, supporting the work of leaders and innovators to advance Open Government at every level through education, communication, and processes that will encourage, share and celebrate best practices, including a new Secretary’s Innovation Awards program. Conclusion - We at HHS are excited about the power of Open Government to help advance our ability to improve the health and well-being of the American people. As described by this plan, we will be making significant strides toward a more transparent, participatory, and collaborative HHS in the months to come. But we also recognize that this plan represents just the beginning of a continuing journey – a journey toward a more open and effective HHS. It’s a journey that will be powered by a growing number of Open Government thinkers and doers at all levels and across all divisions of HHS – most notably, the people who are driving the wide array of inspiring initiatives described in this plan. It’s a journey that will be powered by an expanding dialogue across HHS and with the public on Open Government and the ways in which its power can be harnessed. It’s a journey on which we have an enormous amount to learn – and will be seeking to share those learnings across HHS and the government. And it’s a journey that we believe will pay great dividends in terms of our ability to serve the American people. We very much look forward to it, and to continuing input and help from all who care about the advancement of the health and well-being of the nation.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Department of Health and Human Services