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June 2011 Progress Report

June 27, 2011 |Download PDF

1.     Introduction

It has been just over a year since the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) first published its Open Government Plan.  Since its publication, HHS has received a wide range of comments and public input that have helped guide the implementation of the plan. HHS has used a variety of new communication strategies, including social media platforms, to engage, inform, and respond to the public.  During this period, HHS has made great progress in advancing transparency, collaboration, and participation at the Department, which in turn has helped us to more effectively and efficiently deliver on our mission of promoting the health and well-being of the American people. 

This memo highlights some of the most important developments in HHS’s Open Government Initiative in four key domain areas:  Leadership, Governance and Culture Change at HHS; Transparency and Data Sharing; Participation and Collaboration; and HHS Flagship Initiatives.


2.     Leadership, Governance and Culture Change
The promotion of innovation throughout the Department has been a key focus of HHS’s leadership, governance and culture change efforts.

2A.   Innovation Council

2B.   HHSinnovates Program


3.     Transparency & Data Sharing
During the past year, HHS has made great strides in its efforts to enhance transparency and data sharing at the Department. 

3A.   High Value Data Sets and Tools

3B.   Enhancing Financial Data Quality

3C.   Freedom of Information Act Excellence


4.     Featured Participation and Collaboration Activities
Furthering our ability to engage HHS stakeholders has been a major thrust of HHS’s participation and collaboration activities.

4A.   Stakeholder Engagement through Prizes and Challenges

4B.   Product Safety Text Message Pilot

4C.   Social Media Tools for Tobacco Regulations

4D.   Tobacco Content Syndication Pilot

4E.   Direct Project Collaborative


5.     HHS Flagship Initiatives
In the HHS Open Government Plan, we identified key activities that represented new strategies and approaches to serve the public’s information needs and access points.

5A.   Health Data Initiative

5B.   Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Dashboard

5C.   FDA Transparency Initiative


5E.   HHS Excellence in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Initiative


6.     Summary – Continuing to Build on the Open Government Momentum

How Are We Doing?

Evaluating Our Progress

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