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Make Mobile Gov with the Mobile Application Development Program

Mobile Application Development ProgramAnytime, Anywhere, Any Device.

The 21st century imperative to deliver government information and services to the public anytime, anywhere and on any device makes mobile a critical tactic in the federal Digital Government Strategy. Today, GSA’s Digital Services Innovation Center and the Federal CIO Council launch the Mobile Application Development Program to provide agencies with tools they need to make great mobile products available to the public.

The program–developed with and by 25 agencies across government–will help agencies in each stage of mobile development.

  • Plan –Build a mobile strategy, see what other agencies have done, use new acquisitions tools to find top mobile developers.
  • Develop –Create great mobile apps and sites using mobile user experience guidelines. Jump start development by leveraging pre-existing code.
  • Test –Make sure your app works on all devices by leveraging automated and in the wild testing support. Test for security & accessibility.
  • Launch –Let people know yours is an official government app by registering it. Get your app in the app stores and leverage API’s for promoting your apps.

What’s In It?

The program is chock full of useful resources and tools. For starters there is

  • RFP-EZ helps link agencies and small businesses for tech projects below $150,000–definitely a sweet spot for many mobile products. The idea is to help agencies reach the talent in startups more quickly and at reasonable cost. We worked with the RFP-EZ team at SBA to include mobile statement of work templates. Now when agencies create a new project in RFP-EZ, they can jumpstart their efforts by choosing the “Mobile Application Development” project type.
  • Agencies can easily create mobile ready websites using Sites.USA.gov. This GSA-hosted content management tool supports open content, is secure, compliant and uses only responsive themes that work well on any-sized screen.

The Federal Apps Registry helps verify that apps and mobile sites are actually government mobile products–and provides an API so agencies can easily create galleries around their mission areas.

Just Do It

You can use these and many more tools and resources today. And, you can join us for a discussion about the Mobile Application Development Program May 30th at our webinar, or come see us live later that day at our Mobile Gov Wikithon.

Last, we need YOU to help us as we continue to develop new tools to help you develop citizen-focused mobile products. Tell us what you need at digitalgov@gsa.gov.

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Job Search Tools are Going Mobile

Searching for jobs on a mobile phone
The Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration has a number of great online tools to help Americans find new employment or learn new skills from training providers in their community. In the past year alone, more than 40 million people have accessed these tools from their desktops. However, as technology changes, more and more people are using mobile/phone-based browsers to conduct the majority of their Web browsing. The department’s online resources are changing to keep up with the rapid growth and increased use of these devices and systems.

This week, we’ve made some of our most popular online tools available as mobile-optimized websites. These mobile sites give smartphone or tablet users quick access to key job search and training resources. Users can:

  • Locate and contact the American Job Center closest to them.
  • Conduct a Job Search by searching local job listings throughout the entire United States. Job listings are updated daily and can be searched by job type or keyword as well as by city, state or ZIP code.
  • Perform a Veterans Job Search to match military job experience to civilian careers, and then view local job listings for those careers. Users can search by their military job title or their occupational classification (MOC/MOS) code and can view job listings by city, state or ZIP code.
  • Browse the Salary Finder, which provides average hourly wages or annual salaries by occupation and location. The data come from the Occupational Employment Statistics program of the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Search the Training Finder for education and training programs in a specific area. Users can search by occupation, program or school, and then find contact information for the relevant program.

These changes are part of the department’s ongoing efforts to make workforce resources more open and accessible to the communities who need them most, and to ensure that job seekers have a range of tools at their fingertips.

Reblogged from Work in Progress, The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Redesigned www.dot.gov draws a crowd… and goes responsive

In October, we launched a redesigned and re-energized www.dot.gov to make it easier for you to find the information you need. The results from the past 60 days show we’ve made very good progress. And the best part? We’re just getting started.

For example, because they know that mobile device use is the future, last week our web team launched a truly responsive design. So now, when you visit our site using a mobile device, you won’t just benefit from a page that scales to your smaller screen–instead, you’ll see a page that rearranges itself to fit your device. We’re all pretty excited about this new development, and I think it’s a wonderful holiday gift to everyone who uses their smartphone or tablet to visit www.dot.gov.

Screen shot from DOT site

Our goals for www.dot.gov are simple:

  • To help you find what you need as easily as possible;
  • To make the most popular resources more accessible; and
  • To arrange our resources in line with how you think about transportation.

Just two months after our launch, our site statistics show that the decisions we made–using public input–are driving real results.

Website on tabletVisits to www.dot.gov have increased by 30 percent. That means our site is easier to find. And because the number of page views has grown even faster, that means that when people visit the site, they’re looking at more of what we offer and staying with us longer.What are they finding? Well, our new topic pages andaudience pages are among the most visited on the site. With these topic landing pages, we tried to organize our resources around the kind of transportation you might be interested in, instead of organizing it around DOT offices and agency acronyms.

These numbers show we’re heading down the right path, but there’s plenty of work left to be done. Our web team is testing the site regularly and reviewing the results to be sure you can find what you need, when you need it, and on whatever device you want to use.

One part of that is our customer survey. If that pops up while you’re browsing our site, please take the time to let us know how we’re doing and how we can make the site even more useful.

There’s also a feedback button on every single page so you can let us know what’s working and what isn’t.

After all, it might be our site, but you’re in the driver’s seat.

Reblogged from fastlane.dot.gov

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Have Your Say! NARA needs your input on Digital Strategy!

This entry was reblogged from the NARAtions blog.

On May 23, 2012, the White House released the Digital Government Strategy, which outlines how all federal agencies will work to make information and services easily accessible on the internet, anytime, anywhere, and on any device. President Barack Obama said,

“Ultimately, this Strategy will ensure that agencies use emerging technologies to serve the public as effectively as possible. As a government, and as a trusted provider of services, we must never forget who our customers are – the American people.”

At the National Archives, we are working to make our data and information available to you.

Weigh in and let us know what you’d like us to focus on.
We’ve developed two lists. The first list is for proposed services to optimize for mobile use, so you can better access these services via a smartphone, tablet, or another mobile device. The second list is for systems to enable via Web Services like APIs, so that the data will be more accessible, especially for developers to reuse. Candidates were selected based on the possibility of implementation by May 2013. Please also let us know what additional candidates you would like to see optimized for mobile or enabled via APIs in the future.

In the comments below, please let us know what you would like to prioritized and specific recommendations for what will be most useful to you. If you prefer, you can email your recommendations to opengov@nara.gov.

To learn more about the agency’s implementation of the Digital Government Strategy, please visit archives.gov/digitalstrategy andarchives.gov/open.

Proposed Mobile Candidates:

  • Mobile optimize FederalRegister.gov.
  • Develop a mobile application based on the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents.
  • Mobile optimize Archives.gov.
  • Mobile optimize the Online Public Access resource, the online public portal for National Archives records.
  • Make additional National Archives records available through Wikipedia, which is mobile optimized and available through mobile apps.
  • Make additional National Archives records available through Flickr, which is mobile optimized and available through mobile apps.
  • Make improvements to Today’s Document mobile application.
  • Make improvements to the mobile application for DocsTeach, an online educational resource featuring National Archives records.
Proposed API Candidates:
  • Integration of Regulations.gov API into FederalRegister.gov and its API. This integration would provide greater access to public comments and supporting documents in Regulations.gov, and improve process for submitting public comments from FederalRegister.gov to Regulations.gov.
  • Expand the FederalRegister.gov API to include the “Public Inspection Desk.”
  • Develop an API for FDsys through the Office of Federal Register – Government Printing Office Partnership.
  • Develop an API for the Online Public Access resource, the online public portal for National Archives records.
  • Make additional National Archives records available through Wikipedia,  which is accessible through the MediaWiki API.
  • Make additional National Archives records available through Flickr, which is accessible through the Flickr API.

Please leave your comments for NARA on the original NARAtions blog post.

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