How Open Government Efforts Will Be Led at HHS
The mechanisms we set up and utilized to develop our Open Government Plan are the same ones we will utilize going forward to oversee execution of the plan and to evolve it going forward:
HHS Open Government Steering Group, operating under the authority of the Secretary of HHS and which will oversee Open Government efforts at HHS overall – including oversight of our work to execute on our obligations under the Freedom of Information Act (more on this later in the plan)
Data Council and the Chief Information Officer Council – which will coordinate data transparency efforts at HHS
Innovation Council – which will coordinate participation and collaboration efforts at HHS
These Councils will not attempt to manage Open Government via a “top-down,” “command-and-control” style. Rather, they will seek to help catalyze, coordinate, and network Open Government action across HHS, incubating and supporting the work of the “open government innovators” at every level and across every HHS division who are the trailblazers helping to create a more open HHS.
HHS’s Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs will be the department’s senior officials accountable for Open Government strategy and execution. Our Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources has been named the senior official accountable for the quality of financial data supplied by HHS. They will update the leadership of HHS on the status of Open Government work on an ongoing basis, including quarterly briefings for the Deputy Secretary and Secretary.
HHS will also continue to involve the public in the formulation of our Open Government work. We will continue to solicit feedback on our evolving Open Government Plan and blog on Open Government questions at www.hhs.gov/open. We look forward to continued consultation with Open Government experts on multiple fronts. We hope to grow the dialogue regarding Open Government at HHS over time into an ever richer one. For more, see section 2.7 following, “How We Will Work with the Public and Other Stakeholders.”