The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a critical component of Open Government. We are committed to improved compliance and reform of FOIA as we develop our Open Government plans. Our three primary goals are to:
- Respond to FOIA requests as quickly and thoroughly as possible
- Reduce the backlog of FOIA requests
- Through transparency, improved communications, and dialogue with those seeking information from HHS and tools like data.gov, reduce the need for people to submit FOIA requests in the first place
HHS FOIA Assessment: Initial Findings Available
The FOIA Section of the HHS Open Government Plan contains the preliminary findings from a department-wide assessment of the FOIA process.
The Department’s Annual FOIA Reports
The HHS Annual FOIA Reports show that the Department is making progress.
More about FOIA at HHS
Each HHS Operating Division maintains a FOIA Requester Service Center (see links on the right) that process relevant FOIA requests. The Department's Chief FOIA Officer is Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Dori Salcido.
For more information about FOIA at HHS, see our main HHS FOIA Page.