Feds launch digital strategy, push for mobile

Today the Office of Management and Budget released its long awaited digital strategy – “Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People,” which outlines key federal guidance on technology initiatives. The strategy was bolstered by an additional Presidential memorandum urging offices and agencies to make more information available on mobile platforms.

The strategy calls on offices and agencies to focus technology initiatives on three key areas:

    • Enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
    • Ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure and affordable ways.
    • Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation across our Nation and improve the quality of services for the American people.

The strategy was created from the work of two federal working groups- the Mobility Strategy and Web Reform Task Forces. These groups worked with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and General Services Administration (GSA) to conduct current state research and explore solutions for the future of government digital services. Feedback was also incorporated from citizens and federal workers across the nation through online town halls which recorded combined total of 570 ideas and nearly 2,000 comments.

In his directive, the President outlined his goals for the strategy – “the Strategy will enable more efficient and coordinated digital service delivery by requiring agencies to establish specific, measurable goals for delivering better digital services; encouraging agencies to deliver information in new ways that fully utilize the power and potential of mobile and web-based technologies; ensuring the safe and secure delivery and use of digital services to protect information and privacy; requiring agencies to establish central online resources for outside developers and to adopt new standards for making applicable Government information open and machine-readable by default; aggregating agencies’ online resource pages for developers in a centralized catalogue on www.Data.gov; and requiring agencies to use web performance analytics and customer satisfaction measurement tools on all “.gov” websites.”

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel and federal CTO Todd Park gave a presentation outlining the strategy in detail at Tech Crunch’s Disrupt NY 2012 conference in New York City, where they said that the administration will stop issuing the .gov domain immediately.

The men also said that agencies will start offering APIs of public data. Other projects will include the launch of a Digital Innovation Center and a streamlined RFP process.

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