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Open Government at HHS

An open government is one that leverages the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration to deliver better results to the American people and which helps the public hold the government accountable.

HHS Open Government Plan

Since the publication of our first open government plan, we advanced many important programmatic areas that underscore our commitment to the spirit of open government.

Previous Open Government Plans


The programs below bring our open government plan to life and allow us to harness the energy and expertise both inside and outside HHS to achieve our goals.


The IDEA Lab was developed to establish new pathways and programs that equip the workforce with new workflow processes, new methods, and communication and analytic tools that will help accelerate the adoption of open government principles.
HHS provides open access to health information and health datasets generated or held by the U.S. government. This is a one-stop resource for the growing ecosystem of innovators who are turning our data into new applications, services, and insights that can help improve health.

Records & Reports

In our commitment to transparency, we are providing information and resources for you to see inside HHS.

HHS Strategic Plan

Every 4 years, HHS updates its strategic plan, which describes its work to address complex, multifaceted, and ever-evolving health and human service issues. Under the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, Federal agencies are required to consult with the Congress and to solicit and consider the views of external parties.

Public Access

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.

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 and the planned use of funds, funding opportunities, and the recipients of awards.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

FOIA is a critical component of Open Government that encourages accountability through transparency. We are committed to improved compliance and reform of FOIA as we develop our Open Government plans.

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Records Management

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."

Regulatory Review

The Department invites suggestions of regulations to review. For example, you may want to suggest that the Department review a regulation because you think it is obsolete, unnecessary, burdensome, or counterproductive, or you may think the Department should modify a regulation to increase its effectiveness, efficiency, and flexibility.

HHS Sustainability

HHS outlines its path towards sustainable operation and efficiency with specific reduction goals that would cut consumption and emissions, while increasing productivity and transparency.

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 in order to conduct measurement and analysis of usage or to customize the user’s experience.

Plain Writing

Clear writing is essential to transparency, public participation, and collaboration. HHS is implementing plain writing programs and improving communication materials across the Department.

Language Access Plan

HHS is committed to providing meaningful access to HHS programs and activities for persons with limited English proficiency.

Research and Scientific Integrity

HHS has established policies and principles designed to assure 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.

Conference Spending Reports

These reports include information about conferences held by HHS where costs exceed $100,000.

Presidential Actions, Executive Orders & Memos

HHS has compiled a listing of Presidential actions, executive orders, and memos related to Open Government for your reference. 

Content created by Immediate Office of the Secretary
Content last reviewed on February 13, 2015