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Obama wants the government ready for mobile web surfers

According to President Obama, Americans often have to navigate a labyrinth of different websites and locations to find information about relevant government programs. The president also notes that many of those programs don't even have a web presence. To remedy the situation, President Obama has ordered federal agencies to make key services available on websites via mobile phones within the next year.
The push is an effort to support the trend across the country of surfing the web on a mobile device. President Obama issued a directive to develop the mobile web content Wednesday and also ordered the federal agencies to create and make available websites that report on their mobile progress. The websites reporting on mobile progress are due within 90 days.
President Obama wrote in the memo [PDF], "It is time for the federal government to do more. For far too long, the American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different government programs in order to find the services they need."
"Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device," Obama said in a statement. "By making important services accessible from your phone and sharing government data with entrepreneurs, we are giving hard-working families and businesses tools that will help them succeed."
Computerworld reports that by 2015, more U.S. residents are expected to access the Internet through mobile phones than via a desktop computer. That means that within the next three years a huge number of Americans will be looking for information on government services and programs using websites via mobile devices.
President Obama placed U.S. chief information officer Steven VanRoekel in charge of the effort. "Nearly everyone is carrying smart devices in their pockets that have incredible computing power," VanRoekel said in a press briefing. "It's creating a dynamic, both inside the walls of government and outside, where citizens are really demanding more. They're demanding the ability to interface with government the same way they interface with their favorite social-media websites."
Kevin Kelly, COO of LGS Innovations, a networking vendor focused on the U.S. government market, added, "One of the primary challenges, as I see it, will be overcoming the 'trust factor.' Utilizing a shared-services approach will definitely yield improvements in cost efficiency. However, it requires one agency to trust another with the handling and delivery of its critical information."

Source: Computerworld

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Where can I sign up for a bloated contract?
By tayb on 5/24/2012 9:53:02 AM , Rating: 3
Most of the government initiatives either don't have a site or the site sucks. For a small sum of $50 billion a year I will upgrade ALL of the government websites. I find this to be a reasonable amount.

RE: Where can I sign up for a bloated contract?
By kingmotley on 5/24/2012 10:52:40 AM , Rating: 5
I'll put in a bid for $4,999,999,999.99 with the 99.99% possibility of up to a 200% cost overrun.

RE: Where can I sign up for a bloated contract?
By tayb on 5/24/2012 11:56:55 AM , Rating: 3
Kingmotley uses capitalism.

Tayb counters with lobbying.

It's super effective.

Kingmotley retreats.

By ebakke on 5/24/2012 5:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
More like, in the name of "competition" we give both of you $1B for some of the work we need done, with the promise of choosing a winner for the remaining $20B worth of work.

And after you've each burned through $2B and are only 60% done, we'll decide we like you both and can't decide who's better. So we'll pay whatever it costs for you to finish the remaining 40% we asked you to do originally. And then give you each another $15B to split any remaining work to be done.

Oh wait, that's not website work... that's a Littoral Combat Ship...

By GotThumbs on 5/24/2012 9:39:00 AM , Rating: 2
Nice political strategy.

I wouldn't be surprised if...
By theaerokid on 5/24/2012 10:32:01 AM , Rating: 2
in the near future they will want to increase the Federal Universal Service Fund fee (i.e. tax) that we all pay on our mobile bills to further fund the FCC's "Lifeline" program so we can also subsidize data plans because mobile browsing is a "human right".

What is "Lifeline"? A program where I get to boost my moral standing and "spread the wealth" by paying for other people's cell phones on top of paying for my own, and that manages to waste $33 million dollars by giving away cell phones to people who don't qualify or giving qualifying applicants more than one phone.

If you think that I'm exaggerating with the data plans, consider the fact that they are already doing it with broadband.

So basically
By leviathan05 on 5/24/2012 1:10:59 PM , Rating: 2
the U.S. Government's website is exactly like the U.S. Government? Miles of bureaucratic waste with a relevant program that helps people hidden somewhere in the refuse?

US Government goes mobile
By sarfralogy on 5/24/2012 10:01:05 AM , Rating: 1
President Obama's presidential focus on technology took a step into the mobile realm today. The administration calls on every major federal agency to "make two key government services the American people depend on available on mobile phones within the next 12 months." Governments are typically slow on the uptake when it comes to public-sector adoption of new technologies, but even in the fast-paced world of mobile tech, the administration's move is still pretty timely.

That's scary.
By TSS on 5/24/12, Rating: 0
RE: That's scary.
By theaerokid on 5/24/2012 12:32:35 PM , Rating: 1
OMG! Hitler! You must be some hatemonger who compares America's Dear Leader to Hitler!
*Hitler built himself a robust cult of personality first. Check!
*He made big strides in establishing a socialist form of government. Check!
*He also banned private ownership of guns. In the agenda, but hush hush...

A lot of fair comparisons can be made, but that's not the point right now.

This "openness" can also be a distraction. "We'll be open about the little things so they can get a false sense of security while being secretive about the really outrageous stuff that we know the American people would NEVER go for."

But the American people are to blame too for thinking that going European socialist is the cool thing to do, and for not understanding Marxism enough to know that is what this administration is selling.

All that free stuff isn't free. They are using the people's money to buy power from the people because you don't bite the hand that feeds you. And this is how it happens; by making the relationship between the people and the government more cozy and one of provider and receiver. "I'll vote for you if you give me what I need, because I can't do it by myself. I know I'm free, but can I please come back into the plantation so you can take care of me?"

I was at a birthday party where I met a Russian chick whose parents and grandparents lived in the Soviet Union and I asked her what they said about Soviet life for the common man. They got tiny apartments for free, but
don't ever count on moving if you need more space. It would take 7-10 years to get the requests for a move approved and it was never what you wanted or
needed. You got free phone lines, but of course they could monitor your calls to make sure to keep you in line. But on the bright side everything was fair and equally miserable for everyone! Yay! :^D

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- Norman Thomas, U.S. Socialist Party presidential candidate 1940, 1944 and 1948

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