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Executive Orders

HHS actions to relevant Presidential Executive Orders.

Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People
Issued by the White House, the Digital Government Strategy is a comprehensive roadmap aimed at building a 21st Century Digital Government that delivers better digital services to the American people. The Strategy has been designed to:

  • Enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  • Ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure and affordable ways.
  • Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation across our Nation and improve the quality of services for the American people.

Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice In Minority Populations And Low-Income Populations (Executive Order 12898) (PDF, 123KB)
This Executive Order directs each Federal agency to make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations in the United States and its territories and possessions, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Marian islands.

The Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG) was established in 1994 under Executive Order (EO) 12898. The role of the EJ IWG is to guide, support and enhance federal environmental justice and community-based activities. The EJ IWG is comprised of 17 federal agencies and several White House offices.

Guidance for Providing and Using Administrative Data for Statistical Purposes (PDF, 646KB)
Advice to agencies on how to share non-public administrative data for statistical purposes in responsible ways that protect confidentiality.

HHS Reaffirms Commitment Access to All Programs and Activities by LEP Persons Pledged (Executive Order 13166)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its 2013 Language Access Plan, an update from the HHS Language Access Strategic Plan released in 2000.  The release of the plan demonstrates the Department’s commitment to providing meaningful access to HHS programs and activities by persons with limited English proficiency.

HIV Care Continuum Initiative
This Executive Order directs Federal agencies to prioritize addressing the continuum of HIV care by accelerating efforts and directing existing federal resources to increase HIV testing, services, and treatment, and improve patient access to all three.

Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
President Obama signed an Executive Order to strengthen the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure by increasing information sharing and by jointly developing and implementing a framework of cybersecurity practices with our industry partners.

Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review (Executive Order 13563)
HHS is committed to identifying and reviewing existing regulations in order to eliminate those that are obsolete, unnecessary, burdensome, or counterproductive or to modify others to increase their effectiveness, efficiency, and flexibility.

Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research (PDF, 56KB)
John P. Holdren, Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued this memorandum directing federal research funding agencies with R&D budgets of $100 million or more to develop a plan within six months to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the federal Government.

Next Steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda (PDF, 793KB)
This memo stresses the application of existing evidence as paramount to creating a government that is more responsive to the needs of its citizens. This memo offers suggestions to help agencies advance their evidence and evaluation practices.

Open Data Policy - Managing Information as an Asset (PDF, 5.83MB)
Agencies and departments are now required to collect and create information in a way that supports downstream processing and sharing, through the use of machine-readable and open formats, data standards, and common core and extensible metadata.

Reducing Prescription Drug Shortages (Executive Order 13588)
Signed on October 31, 2011, Executive Order 13588, "Reducing Prescription Drug Shortages," directs the FDA to take steps that will help to prevent and reduce current and future disruptions in the supply of lifesaving medicines.

Reestablishment Pursuant to Executive Order 13544
The Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, as set forth in section 4 of Executive Order 13544 of June 10, 2010, and extended by section 2 of Executive Order 13591 of November 23, 2011, is hereby reestablished and shall terminate 2 years from the date of this order unless extended by the President.

Sharing Data While Protecting Privacy (PDF, 72KB)
The purpose of this Memorandum is to direct agencies to find solutions that allow data sharing to move forward in a manner that complies with applicable privacy laws, regulations, and policies.

Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service (Executive Order 13571)
The President signed Executive Order 13571, "Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service," April 27, 2011, which requires federal agencies to take specific steps to strengthen customer service, including how they deliver services and information on federal ".gov" websites. Read the Customer Service Plan.

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