New HHS Innovations Website

Department of Health and Human Services


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principle agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.  The Chief Technology Officer for HHS leads innovation activities for the Department.   The Chief Technology Officer is responsible for creating a culture of innovation internal to HHS and leading the HHS Innovation agenda external to HHS.  Current initiatives include:  

  • Health Data Initiative - HHS and the Institute of Medicine have launched a national initiative to help consumers and communities get more value out of the Nation’s wealth of health data. Activities under the Health Data Initiative include the liberation of data, connecting data producers to IT developers, the Health Data Initiative Forum and support of the Health Data Affiliates.
  • Innovation Fellows Program - HHS has begun exploring ways to bring entrepreneurial spirit to provide fresh, innovative approaches to agencies. HHS already has the strong assets and the leadership to create and develop new products; the Innovation Fellows Program aims to bring external ideas and expertise into HHS’s own innovation process and rapidly create, develop, engage and accelerate innovation. 
  • HHSinnovates - The HHSinnovates program was created as part of our Open Government efforts to celebrate innovation by employees of HHS.
  • Challenges & Competitions - Challenges and competitions are high-risk, high-reward policy tools that can foster collaboration and participation in government activities through the process of co-creation. As an inducement of participation, challenges and competitions may offer a variety of “prizes”, including cash, recognition, or the deployment of a winning solution.
  • mHealth Initiative - To explore ways to leverage innovative technology for public health, HHS has embarked on several mobile health (mHealth) initiatives that show great promise. HHS formed the Text4Health Task Force which wrote recommendations to guide HHS' strategic development of health text messaging and accelerate the growth of mHealth and health innovation.  

The HHS Chief Technology Officer engages with a diverse audience through the listed initiatives, including entrepreneurs, application developers, venture capital, healthcare consumers, healthcare providers, business, academia, and overall data users.  

The Chief Technology Officer also provides support internally for the HHS Operating Divisions, including the Administration on Aging, Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Food and Drug Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.   

Currently, the Chief Technology Officer's innovation and open government initiatives are hosted on was established in 2008, and while an appropriate place for the HHS innovation activities at the time, no longer meets the needs of the Chief Technology Officer.    The Chief Technology Officer is seeking the development of a new website on any platform that will provide a user driven experience that will act as a platform for engagement and education of the HHS innovation initiatives. The innovations team has experience with WordPress and Drupal but is open to other platforms. The new website will provide a more information centric approach that will also provide a more user centric experience for people visiting the new HHS innovations web site. 


Deliverable Schedule





Post Award Meeting

Within 7 days after award


Weekly Project Meeting

Every Thursday beginning 1 week after Post Award Meeting


Bi-weekly Status Reports

Due every other Thursday beginning 3 weeks after Post Award Meeting


Existing Audience Analysis

1 month after award


Final Report and Presentation

Draft due 20 days before the end of the period of performance.  Final due 5 days prior to the end of the period of performance


Page Templating

As requested by COR


Usability and Compliance Testing

As requested by COR


Style and Brand Guides

20 days prior to the end of the period of performance


Information Architecture

1 month after award


Content Development and Migration Plan

1 month after award

Bids due Sat, 09 Feb 2013 04:59:59 +0000
February 8th, 2013
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Q & A

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Q: When is the site launch scheduled, relative to the date of award? Deliverables Schedule seems to indicate one month, which seems potentially inaccurate and likely unrealistic.
A: The period of performance for this requirement is eight weeks from the date of award. Therefore, the site launch is scheduled to occur six weeks after the date of award.
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Q: Will the Chief Technology Officer consider utilizing Drupal CMS instead of a WordPress CMS website?
A: Yes, the Chief Technology Officer will consider using any platform that provides for a user driven experience. The Innovations Team has experience with WordPress and Drupal but is open to other platforms such as Github, etc.
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