Could you soon handle business with the Social Security office through your smart phone? Maybe.
The Obama Administration is working to make more government services available through mobile apps. The president has directed all major federal agencies to make two key government services that the public depends on available on mobile phones within the next 12 months.
“Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device. 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," the president said in a statement.
His administration is also working to make more government data more easily accessible. Mr. Obama believes this will spur entrepreneurs to develop new services which will lead to .... wait for it... more new jobs.
U.S. Chief Technology Office Todd Parks says we've already seen it happen.
“The release of government weather and GPS data has already led to countless entrepreneurial innovations, which have made life easier for America’s families while also creating multi-billion-dollar industries and generating jobs," Park says. "The initiatives we’re launching will make government data resources even more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs who can turn these data into services that can help Americans find the best doctor for their family, choose the college that offers them the most value for their money, save money on their energy bills through smarter shopping, and much more."
According to the government, in just three years, more Americans will be accessing the Internet via mobile phones than traditional computers.