Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Shifting to Mobile Devices

President Obama on May 23, 2012 issued the  Executive Order “Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service” requiring that each major Federal agency make two key government services available on mobile phones within the next 12 months. By next spring, the American people will be able to access dozens of additional government services on their mobile phones for the first time.

The Administration is also ramping up efforts to make large amounts of government data more easily accessible so that entrepreneurs will be able to develop innovative new services and mobile applications that can take advantage of the data.

The Open Data Initiatives program will speed and expand the release of government data in machine-readable form in the areas of healthcare, education, energy, and public safety and will actively stimulate of the creation of new apps and services by entrepreneurs.

In conjunction with the launch of these programs, Chief Technology Officer Todd Park has announced a new “Presidential Innovation Fellows” program. This initiative will bring in top innovators from outside government for focused tours of duty to work with Federal innovators to create new projects.

For more information, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/.