How We Will Support Our Employees in the Pursuit of Open Government
Indeed, we believe that ramping up transparency, participation, and collaboration is so fundamental to our ability to execute on HHS’s mission that it is important to develop organizational capabilities which will stimulate and support employee execution of Open Government activities at all levels of the organization. We plan to execute the following actions in 2010 along these lines:
- Adapt our core strategic planning, IT planning, and budgeting processes to emphasize proactive data sharing. (For more details, see the Transparency section of the plan, following)
- Establish a central location on the HHS intranet (“Open Government at HHS”) in 3Q 2010 that enables employees to find relevant Open Government information (i.e., policies, standards, tools, training, etc.) easily. Publicize the availability of training and workshops provided by the department, the General Services Administration, and other organizations on Open Government topics
- Develop a “Participation and Collaboration Resource Menu” for HHS employees, formally launching in 4Q 2010, which will lay out methodologies, policies, tools, and best practices which can be used by employees seeking to engage the public and collaborate with others across and outside the government. (For more details, see the Participation and Collaboration section section of the plan, following)
- Launch a “Participation and Collaboration Community of Practice,” powered by an internal consulting outfit focused on Participation and Collaboration and launched in 2Q 2010 at HHS which will enable HHS innovators to network with each other, learn together, and share best practices on this key Open Government topic. (For more details, see the Participation and Collaboration section of the plan, following)
- Launch a new Secretary’s Innovation Awards program in 2Q 2010, now officially underway, which will recognize and reward extraordinary achievements by employees who innovate how HHS operates in ways that advance our mission. The program will recognize its first award recipients in July of this year, with two award cycles annually after that. Employees who demonstrate powerful ways to harness the power of transparency, participation, and collaboration to improve the results delivered by HHS will be leading candidates for Innovation Awards on an ongoing basis. The program itself is using innovative technology to implement the program. Nominations are submitted online across the department, displayed for online voting, and publicized as an ongoing “Innovation Gallery” across HHS. In our initial round, over 125 ideas were submitted by HHS employees, from which the Secretary will announce 3 awards and publicize the innovations. It is our belief that one of the most effective ways to evolve the culture of HHS toward more and more Open Government is to celebrate “Open Government entrepreneurs” and demonstrate that Open Government innovation is a way to advance one’s brand and career at HHS
- Engage in an HHS-wide Open Government communication plan – including Open Government “town hall” meetings across the department, webinars, and publication of best practices.
It is good that they are adapting the information to the people, not having the people adapt to the information. Some people are more tech-savvy than others and making it convenient and easy to use will aid in expanding its use.
The CMS dashboard should be a viable candidate for this. Check it out at cms.gov/dashboard This is the first time I've seen something like this come from a government agency. The potential for this is astounding - if you use it right, that is.