This is an archival or historical document and may not reflect current policies or procedures
We've posted our Open Government Plan 2.0 update, which reflects our continuing commitment to the principles of openness and accountability. This refreshed plan includes additional input we received from Open Government stakeholders, the public and our employees; summarizes the progress we have made in implementing Open Government principles at our agency; and outlines additional commitments we expect to meet in the future.
On April 7, 2010, we published our first Open Government Plan. We published a revision on June 24, 2010, following additional review and feedback. We made several commitments in our plan, and will share our progress with you regularly. Below is our report on milestones.
Goal I: Increase Transparency
Develop Data Quality Framework Plan for Federal spending information
Completed: data quality framework plan sent to the Office of Management and Budget and posted on socialsecurity.gov.
We prepared this plan as required in a memorandum the OMB Deputy Director for Management issued on February 8, 2010 -- Framework for the Quality of Federal Spending Information. This memorandum outlines a data quality framework for Federal spending information for agencies to follow, and requires agencies to submit a data quality plan for Federal spending information.
Reach out to key stakeholders to inform them of available information
04/2010 + ongoing
Comprehensive outreach underway: targeted meetings with advocate groups, presentations and exhibits at conferences, online networking.
Advocate meeting held in October 2011 after the release of new datasets at which we explained new data and sought input for future releases.
Enhance our Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) webpage
04/2010 initially and ongoing thereafter
Completed-posted FOIA homepage
Completed-posted new Open Government link from FOIA homepage
We are currently developing an enhanced FOIA webpage.
We plan to continue closely monitoring FOIA requests and other technology initiatives in 2012 through 2014.
Deliver mandatory and entitlement payment data for 2007–2009 in the new FAADS Plus data format.
Completed: The delivery of the mandatory and entitlement payment data in the new FAADS Plus data format was brought current in May 2010.
Educate employees and the public about Open Government initiatives.
07/2010 + ongoing
In progress: We facilitated an Open Government Employee Awareness Day to educate our employees about Open Government initiatives in July 2010. In addition, we hold frequent meetings (internally and externally) to further educate individuals about our Open Government goals.
Conduct an inventory of high value information and datasets
Completed: Ongoing effort began in 2009. Target date for completion was September 30, 2010.. We completed and posted "Data Inventory and Plan for Releasing High-Value Data on that date.
Migrate to a new grants management system, which includes Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) reporting capabilities and, thereby, report via the Data Submission and Validation Tool (DSVT), which is the required delivery process.
Completed. We migrated to a new grants management system (GrantSolutions) in October 2010 and completed the migration in March 2011; it includes FFATA reporting capabilities submitted via the DSVT.
Completed. We completed the FAADS Plus project with the first monthly report produced in May 2011 displaying April 2011’s program activity as required by the Federal Funding Accountability Transparency Act (FFATA).
Post at least five new high value datasets/information holdings to Data.gov in 2010
Completed. We published five new high-value datasets on our Open Government portal and the government-wide Data.gov website. These postings contain data on Internet applications for retirement, disability, Medicare replacement cards, direct deposit and change of address.
Go to SSA's data sets page
Go to SSA's catalog on Data.gov
Review publicly available information to assure appropriate format
Completed on December 21, 2010. As part of Social Security’s annual certification and review, we verified that our publicly available information is in the appropriate format.
Release new datasets for 2011
We have released several new datasets during FY 2011. There are currently 35 datasets available.
Produce new statistical datasets to enable users to generate their own custom statistical information
In progress: Delayed, new projected completion date is CY 2012
Meet and consult with research firms and academia to benchmark best practices and to understand research needs.
In 2010 we met with:
In 2011, we used research firm meetings to meet with peers (e.g., military, private, not-for-profit) to continue our benchmarking of best practices, while fostering the use of Social Security data and information at those same meetings. We met with academia to understand research needs and learn about their impressions of Open Government implementation.
Goal II: Expand Participation and Collaboration
Continue portal and idea sharing opportunities for employees
04/2010 + ongoing
In progress: Employee and Public dialogue about original Open Government Plan April 7, 2010 through May 19, 2010.
We also hosted an employee dialogue soliciting potential content for the next Agency Strategic Plan from December 6-17, 2010.
Most recently, we hosted another employee and public dialogue about our refreshed Open Government Plan, March 8, 2012 through April 5, 2012. We will explore future opportunities for the idea sharing for employees.
Inform public and employees about ideas received and adopted
Completed: posted first idea report on April 29, 2010 and we update this report on an ongoing basis.
We have also highlighted difficult-to-find information under our Requested Info section.
Provide information about other means to provide feedback
Completed: We created an Open Government email at email@example.com, an account dedicated to providing employees and the public another means to provide feedback.
Post information about Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) groups online
Completed: Posted new links to FACA groups
Make decision on posting list of national public meetings held by agency
Completed August 31, 2010. We posted on our Open Government web portal a list of certain national public events held by Social Security.
Make decision on hosting Open Government education webcasts for colleges and universities
Completed: We hosted a webcast for a college or university on March 10, 2011. We will apply lessons from that experience towards planning for future webcasts.
Investigate the use of innovative tools for the public to provide input into the agency decision–making processes
Completed: We researched and determined additional tools for use in future public engagements and are working on implementing them.
Create internal hosting capacity based on Drupal platform and share experience with Federal community
7/2010 + ongoing
In progress: Several components are currently hosting both internal and external sites using the Drupal platform. In addition, the Office of Open Government is creating a prototype development server that will initially run Drupal and Wordpress but will also serve as a method to test other open-source applications for internal hosting. We ultimately will use this server as a “sandbox” for other components to internally host open source content management and other collaboration tools.
Post list of national public meetings held by agency
08/31/2010 + ongoing
Completed: We posted a list of national public meetings held by Social Security in August 2010. We have continued to update our calendar as appropriate.
Explore competitions and offer prizes to the public for creating beneficial tools and applications using our public datasets
09/30/2010 + ongoing
Completed: We launched our first-ever YouTube video contest, “How Social Security Has Made a Difference In My Life” in September 2010. We plan to hold future challenges.
Use social media tools to capture public input and feedback during development of the Agency Strategic Plan(ASP) in FY 2011
Completed. Hosted Idea Scale engagement to collect public input and feedback for the development of the Agency Strategic Plan (ASP) from December 6-17, 2010.
Host Open Government education webcasts for colleges and universities
12/31/2010 + ongoing
Completed. Hosted webinar for college students and young workers on March 10, 2011. At least 66 colleges/universities participated. We posted the recorded webinar video on open government portal and YouTube to allow for continued viewing.
Goal III: Implement Open Government Flagship Initiatives
Initiative 3: Implement online life expectancy calculator
Completed ahead of schedule: posted on July 9, 2010.
Life Expectancy Calculator
Initiative 1: Implement Spanish Retirement Estimator
Completed ahead of schedule: posted on December 13, 2010.
Spanish Retirement Estimator
Initiative 2: Implement Online Service Enhancement
Completed. On November 15, 2010, we unveiled our newly redesigned home page, which helps users more quickly and easily find information and services they need. One of the key features is a service channeling guide linking visitors directly to the pages they most likely want to use.
On November 24, 2010, the Appointment Scheduler (iAppointment) launched. It is an online appointment-scheduling tool that allows a subset of the public to schedule a phone or in-office appointment with a field office to discuss filing for benefits.
Goal IV: Make Open Government Sustainable
Participate in cross–government workgroups and share best practices
In progress: We have participated in various cross-government workgroups and serve as a leader in Section 508. We have shared our experiences, including those on Section 508 with other government workgroups. We plan to continue collaborating with these workgroups in 2012 and beyond.
Post Open Government materials on agency Intranet
Completed: We established an internal webpage specifically on Open Government for employees. We also posted a link on our intranet site to our Open Government portal on April 7, 2010.
Issue Draft Open Government Plan (containing Communications Plan Summary) and share it with public and employees
Completed: We developed the Open Government Plan from input we solicited from the public and our employees on April 7, 2010. Based on additional input we received from the public and our employees, we revised the Open Government Plan June 24, 2010.
Post Open Government Scores on Website
As soon as available
Completed on June 25, 2010. We posted the scoring rubric from our initial self-assessment of our Open Government Plan in June 2010.
In addition, an external group openthegovernment.org has evaluated agencies' implementation of the open government initiative and posted scores on their website. Social Security Administration ranked sixth place among government agencies evaluated.
Announce new employee honor award for open government
Summer 2010 + ongoing
Completed. We developed an employee honor award for open government.
Align Information Resources Management Plan and Open Government Plan
Incorporate our Open Government plans and activities in Agency Strategic Plan (ASP) 2011
Completed. We included activities related to OG principles in the ASP for FYs 2013-2016.