On April 9, 2012, we launched our refreshed Open Government Plan 2.0. We made several commitments in our plan, and will share our progress with you regularly. Below is our report on milestones.
Goals I-IV: Transparency, Participation, Collaboration, Internalizing Open Government
Issue refreshed Open Government Plan and share it with public and employees
Completed. We posted our Open Government Plan 2.0 on our Open Government portal and shared with employees on April 9, 2012. On September 4, 2012, we published a revision to include updated information.
Post new high-value datasets/information holdings to Data.gov in 2012, 2013, and 2014
Test prototype for new public-facing FOIA website
4th quarter FY 2012
Completed. On 2/11/13, SSA completed testing and review of a new public-facing FOIA website. This site was launched to the public on 2/13/13.
Further enhance our FOIA website and reading room
2nd Quarter FY 2013
Completed. On 2/13/13 SSA launched an enhanced FOIA website and published 10 documents to the “proactive disclosures” section of our enhanced FOIA reading room. The reading room is being retitled as the FOIA Library.
Explore potential electronic FOIA management solutions with other Federal agencies.
3rd Quarter FY 2013
Launch crowd-sourcing tool, IdeaBench, to collect ideas for enhancements to the eBB tool developed for the hearings offices.
End of CY 2012
Hold public engagements to solicit ideas from the public
Collect ideas from the public on improving the open government portal
by end of CY2014
Hold engagements with advocates regarding agency’s services and programs
Test engagement for disability program policy development with public (includes evaluation of type of responses, impact on resources, feasibility of continuing, etc.)
by end of CY 2013
Complete. We hosted a successful engagement in June 2013 using IdeaScale to solicit ideas on evaluating the disability determination process.
Hold additional engagements on potential areas for regulations changes
FY 2014 and ongoing
Continue to host webinars on topics of value to public
Continue to provide information on means to provide feedback
Continue to provide the public with the opportunity to comment on our proposed regulations
Pilot cloud-based collaboration platform
End of CY 2013
Give open government honor awards for employees to recognize achievements in advancing open government principles
Annually – once each in FY 2013 & FY 2014
We will post our open government goals and our performance against the goals on our website
Review our Agency Performance Plan (APP) to incorporate open government principles and activities
Flagship and Major Initiatives
Flagship: Enhanced Services for People Receiving Benefits
Health IT Initiative
Completed in August 2012. Increased the exchange of medical records through the use of health Information Technology (IT) (www.socialsecurity.gov/hit/index.html) to 14 States.
Virtual Life Electronic Record Wounded Warrior Collaboration
Completed August 11, 2012. Expanded eAuthorization (form SSA-827) to first-party appeals filed online. Allows adults filing an Internet Disability Report - Appeal (i3341) on their own behalf to electronically sign and submit the SSA-827. Effective December 2012, adult claimants can use our attestation process to sign and submit form SSA-827 during in-office or telephone interviews.