How Open Government Supports Our Strategic Goals
HHS sees Open Government explicitly as a means by which HHS will become more successful in how well we deliver on our mission of improving the health and well-being of the United States.
The Open Government Plan directly supports the major work of the Department, including its highest priority activities and high priority performance goals. On May 6, 2010, Secretary Sebelius announced HHS’s key strategic initiatives and key inter-agency collaborations going forward (see http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/secretarialstrategicinitiatives2010.pdf):
- Transformation of health care
- Implementation of the Recovery Act
- Promotion of early childhood health and development
- Prevention and reduction of tobacco use
- Protection of the health and safety of Americans in public health emergencies
- Acceleration of the process of scientific discovery to improve patient care
- Implementation of a 21st century food safety system
- Ensuring program integrity and responsible stewardship
- Reduction of teen and unintended pregnancy
- Supporting the National HIV/AIDS strategy
- Improving global health
- Fostering open government
The inclusion of Open Government as a key Secretarial priority for HHS will accelerate implementation of the initiatives described in this plan and provide major visibility for Open Government across HHS and to its stakeholders. Subsequent achievements in the Open Government plan will be featured in measures and milestones described in performance reports on the strategic initiatives. One of our goals is to have more than 100 ideas and comments from the public in addressing Open Government activities.
In addition, the concept of Open Government is being incorporated into a draft HHS’s Strategic Plan 2010-2015 which will soon be published through our Open Government website at hhs.gov/open for public comment,. Once the new strategic plan’s goals and objectives have been identified, they will inform proposals for new transparency, participation, and collaboration initiatives.
The central objective of Open Government at HHS is to advance the ability of the department to deliver on its mission through the power of transparency, participation, and collaboration. Optimizing how well we disseminate vital government information to the public, foster the use of that information, and engage citizens, health care providers, human service providers, non-profit organizations, businesses, state, local, and tribal governments, researchers, the media, advocacy organizations, and others outside HHS in the work of advancing these goals will be vital to achieving them. In fact, it’s hard to imagine how we’ll achieve maximum success with respect to our goals without doing so.