According to Yahoo! Finance, President Barack Obama has ordered all major federal agencies to make at least two of their services available on mobile devices to the public within 12 months. Obama said of the order, “Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device.”
But the order doesn’t stop there. As Mashable goes on to explain, agencies must also provide online resources for third party developers, create a page on agency websites within 90 days detailing the digital strategy, and report on their progress.
“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,” the White House directive went on to say.
However, there are those that are cautiously skeptical about the move. Chairman of the wireless innovation think tank, Mobile Future, Jonathan Spalter states that “American citizens won’t be better served by government technology and digital services unless more government spectrum is made available to enable these technologies and services.” In other words, while Obama’s idea is sound, a considerable amount of government wireless spectrum needs to be freed up for the project to be a true success.
According to Reuters, the FCC is willing to work with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in order to see if government users can share the same spectrum as the public. Time will tell if federal agencies and mobile app developers can work together successfully within the allotted twelve months.