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Susannah Fox Outlines HHS Proposal to Further Agency Innovation

Susannah Fox
Susannah Fox

Susannah Fox, chief technology officer of Department of Health and Human Services, has shared the department’s action plan intended to further HHS’ innovation goals.

Fox wrote in a blog post published Wednesday that the proposals are based on gains from a discussion with the HHS Innovates Awards winning agencies and on the department’s analysis of the HHS employee viewpoint survey results.

The HHS recommends that each operating division credit managers that “recognize and reward innovation,” establish what the HHS calls a creativity zone to help employees test new ideas and develop an innovation awards programs.

“Next year, we’d like each operating division to nominate its top innovation, which could be showcased to the secretary and publicly announced,” Fox writes.

She adds that the department also intends to help employees gain experience within and outside the HHS in collaboration with the White House.

The other proposals the HHS wants to carry out include promoting open source development as the default method for creating information technology projects across the agency and restoring the HHS Innovation Council to further the discussions on how to address innovation challenges, according to Fox.

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