2A. Innovation Council
HHS formed an Innovation Council and charged it with the mission of advancing a culture of innovation at HHS. The Council, which contains representatives from every major operating and staff division at HHS, meets monthly to discuss issues of relevance to the Department’s Innovation Agenda. The Council oversees HHS’s open government efforts, including enhancing collaboration and participation activities at HHS. The Council has actively invited outside stakeholders to participate in these meetings as a way of bringing an external perspective to the dialogue and to provide a forum through which agency leadership can consider private sector, non-profit, and other governmental agency perspectives in its deliberations. Examples of outside speakers who have participated in HHS Innovation Council meetings include: Dwayne Spradlin, CEO of Innocentive; Sanford Lew, Director of the Office of Innovation in the Social Security Administration, and Darrell West, founding Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution.