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Promote Program Integrity, Accountability, and Transparency

Using proven strategies and emerging innovations, HHS is working to ensure that we are responsible stewards of every taxpayer dollar in the Department’s budget.  Across the department, HHS agencies are fighting fraud, waste, and abuse; ensuring that HHS programs are operating effectively and efficiently; reducing unnecessary administrative burdens; improving access to data; and encouraging innovation, collaboration, and creativity to achieve the goal of improving the health and well-being of every American.

Promote Responsible Stewardship

Reducing fraud, waste, and abuse in HHS programs is a top priority for the Department.  The Council on Program Integrity is examining HHS efforts – from Medicare and Medicaid, to Head Start, child care, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), to medical research and public health grants – and is conducting risk assessments to identify and address systemic vulnerabilities.  HHS is enhancing existing program integrity efforts, exploring new strategies, sharing best practices, and measuring results.  Concurrently, without compromising program integrity, HHS is working to reduce unnecessary burdens on state, local, tribal, and territorial governments that implement HHS programs, and identifying program areas that could achieve better outcomes at lower costs to taxpayers. HHS is pursuing both short- and long-term strategies to promote administrative flexibility while improving outcomes. The Health Care Fraud Prevention Partnership, led by CMS, brings together federal agencies including HHS, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Justice, together with anti-fraud personnel from states and private health care insurance carriers, to collaborate and share data and other information, to strengthen anti-fraud capabilities in both the public and private sectors.

Support Informed Decision-Making through Responsible Use of HHS Data

HHS is making data available to the public to help generate insight into how to improve health and well-being, improve HHS performance, and provide the basis for new products and services.  HHS is ensuring that appropriate data privacy and security protections are in place.  Through new efforts like Health’s Insurance Finder, the Health Data Initiative, and FDA-TRACK, HHS is making data available to consumers, health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and others to guide decision-making in many aspects of health and health care.

Foster Participation and Innovation

Through the Open Government initiative, HHS is promoting agency transparency, public participation, and public-private collaboration.  HHS is allowing the use of social media tools and strategies for more proactive engagement with the public.  This is leading to fundamental changes in the way HHS communicates, connects, and works with the public, allowing for new ways to gather input, feedback, and new types of solutions.  Information-sharing has been another key theme throughout the Department’s efforts.  HHS has initiated a number of collaborative learning consortia, collaborative databases, and tools for information sharing to enhance the public, as well as internal capacities, to share information and knowledge. At the most recent Health Datapalooza– a conference at which HHS showcases innovations developed through the use of health and human services data – participants witnessed the development of hundreds of new tools and platforms that use health data to improve public health and the delivery of health care.  The challenge competitions that the Department has engaged in are yet another promising example of how to define key problems and promote the crowdsourcing of solutions to bring about new innovations.