Occasionally, we publish blog posts, speech transcripts and other commentaries of interest to the Washington business community. Here are excerpts from recent online posts from various federal technology executives, discussing new apps on the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s digital government strategy.
[May 23] marks one year since we released the Digital Government Strategy, as part of the president’s directive to build a 21st Century Government that delivers better services to the American people. ● The strategy is built on the proposition that all Americans should be able to access information from their government anywhere, anytime, and on any device; that open government data — data that are publicly accessible in easy-to-use formats — can fuel innovation and economic growth; and that technology can make government more transparent, more efficient and more effective.
—Steven VanRoekel, U.S. chief information officer,
Office of Management & Budget
The public can now access critical safety information about passenger vehicles on their mobile devices. If a father is trying to select a car safety seat as his baby becomes a toddler, the SaferCar app from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is at his fingertips to help him find the appropriate seat style. If a mother is looking for a new vehicle at her local car dealership, SaferCar is in the palm of her hand with NHTSA’s 5-star safety ratings ...
Another [Transportation Department] app, SaferBus, makes motorcoach records easily accessible by bus travelers. When purchasing a ticket, SaferBus can show consumers the motorcoach company’s safety history so they can be confident in their choice of carrier.
Both of these apps also make it easy for consumers to participate in government by filing a complaint — either about a vehicle, using SaferCar, or about a motorcoach company or driver, using SaferBus. And people are taking advantage of this feature; although SaferCar has only been available for a few months, app users have already submitted more than two dozen vehicle complaints.
— Transportation Secretary
Ray LaHood’s “Fast Lane” blog
We launched archives.gov/digitalstrategy to report on our progress. We sought your ideas for improvement in August and now you can see our progress toward making available mobile apps and web APIs.
Mobile: We’ve mobile optimized federalregister.gov , released a mobile site for presidential documents, and a mobile app called “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” which makes available photos, documents, and recordings from the related exhibit.
— Michael Wash, chief information officer, National Archives and Records Administration
1.We launched our first mobile application, Supplemental Security Income Wage Reporting, to the Google Play Store on Sept. 21, 2012, and to the Apple Store on Oct. 18, 2012.
This application enables Supplemental Security Income recipients to report their monthly wage amounts and meet their monthly reporting obligations.
2. We released a mobile optimized revamped version of our Internet Field Office Locator.
The application will provide access to information about services available by phone and online. In addition, this application allows the public to get information and directions to their local SSA office.
3. We have added an additional mobile product. We implemented a mobile version of the socialsecurity.gov Web site.
— Debbi Russell, chief information officer, Social Security Administration
Helping Americans explore and adopt alternative energy sources beyond oil and gasoline has become easier. The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clean Cities have made it a snap to find the location of alternative fuel stations across the United States by making that information available online in a variety of formats, including web applications, mobile applications, widgets, APIs and raw data files on the Alternative Fuels Data Centersite.
— Robert Brese, chief information officer, Energy Department
Treasury bureaus are keeping pace with the rapid deployment of mobile technology and rising citizen expectations by working to ensure our services are available to customers anytime, anywhere and on any device.
With IRS2Go, users have access to IRS news and videos on their mobile devices as soon as the information is publicly available. Customers can also request transcripts of their tax return and even check the status of a tax refund on the go.
EyeNote, developed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, is a free mobile app to identify denominations of US currency notes as an aid for the blind or visually impaired. This app can work without network connectivity or equipment modification, and the spoken output can be English or Spanish.
— Robyn East, deputy assistant secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer at the Treasury Department