Digital Strategy at HHS
Incorporating principles of the Digital Government Strategy will radically improve how we conduct business and communicate with the public. By putting them into practice to create a modern digital strategy, we are prepared to meet whatever new advances the future brings.
What is the Digital Government Strategy?
The Digital Government Strategy challenges us to take a hard look at all of our tools and figure out how they can work together to better serve us and you. Improvements to our websites and tools allow you to access government information anywhere, anytime, using any device. This makes the government’s wealth of knowledge easier to find and use. Additional coordination and consistency across agencies will foster innovation that currently is impossible.
What is HHS Doing?
Examples of the progress we are making on meeting the requirements set out in the Digital Government Strategy are showcased throughout this site.
- We have created hhs.gov/digitalstrategy, featuring articles in the People First, Mobile, Open Data, and Working Better sections that make it clear that the approaches described in the Digital Government Strategy are not really new at HHS—they have been embraced at all levels of the agency and are already in practice.
- You see us engage with the public, employees, and entrepreneurs through the Digitalk blog.
- We showcase the efforts of HHS Senior Leadership, Operation Divisions, and Staff Divisions to respond to your feedback, rebuild websites in responsive design, launch new APIs, and much, much more.
What Should I Know?
From now on, all new federal digital projects must comply with the Digital Government Strategy. All projects must be:
Instead of locking information in a PDF or spreadsheet, we should share this content as individual pieces of data in the way that is most useful for you. By doing this, we encourage others to take and reuse it. This allows for innovations beyond what a single agency is capable of.
- On a Shared Platform
Currently, federal agencies have separate IT contracts and systems in place. However, multiple agencies may be using the same development platform—under different contracts and with unlinked systems. By sharing IT systems within other agencies, HHS can help the government work more efficiently, reduce costs, streamline Web development, and ensure consistency in how we create and deliver information.
HHS is comprised of 29 offices and divisions, including the Center for Disease Control, National Health Institute, and many others. But that doesn’t mean that our information should be divided by these groups. Visiting one site for information on a topic, such as the flu, is more helpful than visiting a department’s website, a division’s website, or an office’s website to find the information you need. Creating one-stop websites with the user in mind improves how we present information. By designing and developing websites with the customer in mind, we better serve the American public.
- Secure and Private
As we open our data and information to the public, it is important that we do so in a way that is safe and secure. This is very important as we move onto mobile devices and platforms. Developing centralized security, privacy, and data protection measures across our digital landscape will keep your information and ours safe. We will ensure consistent, sustainable policies and procedures by implementing these standard guidelines across all HHS digital platforms.
How You Can Get Involved?
Implementing the Digital Government Strategy is not the responsibility of one office or the IT department. The American public and government employees can also support this new approach to digital services.
What Everyone Can Do:
- Read the Digital Government Strategy (HTML/PDF – 660 KB)
- Sign up for email updates
- Share your ideas on Twitter using the hashtags #DigitalGov, #DigitalStrategy, and #Digitalk
What Federal Employees and Contractors Can Do:
- Learn about the Digital Government Strategy Milestones and Deliverables
- Read how agencies are working together to improve digital services across the government
- Reach out to your agency to learn how you can support the strategy
- See how other agencies are implementing the Digital Government Strategy
- Leave a comment on the Federal Web Managers List Serv and in the comments sections of this site
By participating in discussion and collaboration, you are helping to improve our digital services. This helps foster the innovations and advancements that will move these principles into practice.