An open government uses transparency, participation, and collaboration to serve the American people. This helps the public hold the government accountable.
- Learn more about the Open Government Directive
HHS Open Government Plan
We have continually developed our program areas to ensure accountability.
Previous Open Government Plans
- HHS Open Government Plan Version 3.0
- HHS Open Government Plan Version 2.0
- HHS Open Government Plan Version 1.1
The programs below help us achieve our open government goals with expertise both inside and outside HHS.
Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) / IDEA Lab
The Office of the CTO harnesses the power of data, technology, and innovation to create a more modern and effective government that works to improve the health of the nation.
- Learn more about data, technology, and innovation at HHS
HHS provides open access to health information and health datasets generated or held by the U.S. government.
- Explore HealthData.gov
Records & Reports
Read about the inner workings of HHS:
HHS Strategic Plan
Every four years, HHS updates its strategic plan. The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act requires federal agencies to consult with Congress and to solicit and consider the views of external parties.
- Read the Strategic Plan for FY 2014-2018.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has directed all federal research agencies with more than $100 million in the annual conduct of research and development to develop plans for increasing access for increasing public access to peer-reviewed scientific publications and digital data resulting from federally funded research investments.
Read 22nd HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell's cover letter
Learn more about our public access plans
Prevention and Public Health Fund
Congress has directed HHS to provide information on activities and programs supported with resources from the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
- Learn more about Prevention and Public Health Fund Activities.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
FOIA is a critical part of Open Government that encourages accountability through transparency. We improve compliance and reform of FOIA as we develop our Open Government Plans.
- Learn more about FOIA.
Proper records management is the backbone of open government. Title 44 U.S.C. 2901 defines records management as “the managerial activities involved with respect to records creation, records maintenance and use, and records disposition in order to achieve adequate and proper documentation of the policies and transactions of the Federal government and effective and economical management of agency operations."
- Learn more about Records Management at HHS.
The Department welcomes suggestions of regulations to review. You may think the regulation is obsolete, unnecessary, burdensome, or counterproductive, or you may think the Department should modify a regulation to increase its effectiveness, efficiency, and flexibility.
- Learn how to Suggest a Regulation for Review.
HHS outlines its path towards sustainable operation and efficiency with reduction goals to cut consumption and emissions, while increasing productivity and transparency.
- Learn more about Sustainability at HHS.
Web Measurement and Customization Technologies
HHS discloses the use of web measurement and customization technologies to remember a user’s online interactions with a website or online application. We use these to measure and analyze usage or to customize the user’s experience.
Clear writing is essential to transparency, public participation, and collaboration.
- Learn about Plain Writing at HHS.
Language Access Plan
HHS provides access to HHS programs and activities for persons with limited English proficiency.
- Read the HHS Language Access Plan.
Research and Scientific Integrity
HHS has policies and principles to ensure the integrity of scientific and scholarly activities that the Department conducts and supports and the science it uses to inform management and public policy decisions.
Preparation, Submission, and Execution of the Budget
HHS ensures the transparent preparation and execution of our budget by making the following resources available:
- Budget and Performance at HHS
- HHS Open Government Financial Data Quality Plan
- HHS Inspector General Audits
- HHS Performance Improvement Summaries
Conference Spending Reports
These reports include information about conferences held by HHS where costs exceed $100,000.
- FY 2014 Conference Spending Summary
- FY 2013 Conference Spending Summary
- FY 2012 Conference Spending Summary
Presidential Actions, Executive Orders & Memos
HHS has compiled a listing of presidential actions executive orders, and memos related to open government.