Progress in the U.S. Government’s Use of Mobile Technology

White House Spearheading Strategy for Mobile Technology Adoption

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As of early 2013, more than 60% of adult Americans own smartphones, and the trend towards smartphone ownership is rapidly increasing. Mobile-based browsing has tripled in the last two years. Adding to this, the mobile Internet is having an immense economic impact – over $25 trillion worldwide, according to a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute.

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Within technology-based companies, cloud computing, mobile applications, and mobile devices are expected to be the largest areas of growth over the next three years.

The adoption of mobile solutions in government is as necessary because of increased demand for services accompanied by constraints on costs. But this need not be a painful process. The move to mobile technology can enjoy the experiences of the first transition of governments to online information access and perhaps build non-fragmented, efficient, and cost-effective systems.

The White House is directing a comprehensive and integrated strategy for the federal government’s adoption of mobile technology.

The United States federal government, in its quest for a “smarter, leaner government,” has created an emphasis on improving accessibility to its fragmented and bureaucratic bodies of electronic information.

To realize improvement, the White House has started The Presidential Innovation Fellows program that brings leading professionals together to meet five goals. These goals are:

  1. MyGov: Create a streamlined and collaborative system to simplify consumer access to government information
  2. Open Data Initiatives: Increase accessibility to government data to foster entrepreneurship in the form of application and service development
  3. Blue Button for America: Create tools to empower individuals to securely access their own healthcare records
  4. RFP-EZ: Develop a system that improves the procurement process for the benefit of both government agencies and information technology solution vendors
  5. The 20% Campaign: Reduce costs and prevent misappropriation of funds by promoting electronic payment transfers instead of cash transactions.

 

This program began in July 2012. One of the main goals was to launch a shared mobile application development program “that will help agencies develop secure, device-agnostic mobile applications, provide a development test environment to streamline app delivery, foster code-sharing, and validate official government applications.”

Examples that have been launched already include the “Arlington National Cemetery Explorer App” and the “Real Time Earthquake Information” app.  

A complete list of apps that have been developed to date under the Digital Government program can be found here.

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Gary Woodill is a senior analyst with Float, as well as CEO of i5 Research. Gary conducts research and market analyses, as well as assessments and forecasting for emerging technologies. Gary is the co-editor of "Mastering Mobile Learning," author of “The Mobile Learning Edge,” and the co-author of “Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds.” He also presents at conferences and is the author of numerous articles and research reports on emerging learning technologies. Gary holds a doctor of education degree from the University of Toronto.

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