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2. Overview of How Version 3.0 Of the Open Government Plan Was Developed

Our Open Government Plan is embraced eagerly by the HHS leadership.  The Secretary and Deputy Secretary are actively engaged in the process in communicating goals and principles across the organization’s workforce, as well as meeting with senior executives to emphasize programmatic implementation of these strategies.  Our leadership has spoken publicly across the country in many capacities to highlight the attributes of our open government principles. 

This year, our planning process has been anchored by its senior accountable officials, Ellen Murray the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources, and Bryan Sivak, the Chief Technology Officer.  We engaged a variety of committees including our Innovation Council, the New Media Council, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Council and others to take on specific aspects of the planning.  Our base website at http://www.hhs.gov/open and other websites, such as http://www.hhs.gov/idealab and http://www.healthdata.gov, provide the public with interactive pathways to address our open government strategies.  Additionally, our agency-wide communications Yammer network, and email announcements provide input for a number of new ideas used in the plan.  We also met with civil society groups and advocacy community members that represent stakeholders across our organization.   We developed the plan collaboratively, and encouraged participation across the organization and included multiple opportunities for public comment on the hhs.gov/open website to ensure this plan aligned with open government principles and addressed a variety of insights and viewpoints.

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