Mobile Application Development Program

Helping agencies plan, develop, test and launch anytime, anywhere, any device mobile products and services for the public.

Mobile Application Development Program: Plan, Develop, Test, Launch
  • Plan—Build a mobile strategy, see what other agencies have done, use new acquisitions tools to find top mobile developers.
  • **Develop—**Create great mobile apps and sites using mobile user experience guidelines. Jump start development by leveraging pre-existing code.
  • **Test—**Make sure your app works on all devices by leveraging automated and in the wild testing support. Test for security & accessibility.
  • **Launch—**Let people know yours is an official government app by registering it. Get your app in the app stores and leverage API’s for promoting your apps.

Plan

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      See what other agencies are doing in the mobile space on the <a href="https://www.usa.gov/mobile-apps">Federal Mobile Apps Directory</a>.
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      Learn how agencies created these mobile products with our more than <a href="/topics/mobile-gov-experience/">25 Mobile Gov Case Studies</a>.
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      Create your Statement of Work on <a title="Cracking the Mobile Contracting Nut" href="/2013/05/06/cracking-the-mobile-contracting-nut/">RFP-EZ </a>by leveraging our <a title="Mobile SOW and Developer Qualifications" href="/resources/mobile-sow-and-developer-qualifications/">Sample Contracting Language for Mobile SOW&#8217;s</a> for product development (apps, mobile web), testing and code-sharing.
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  </ul>

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    Test
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      Use the <a title="Mobile Product Testing Guidelines and Resources" href="/2013/08/22/mobile-product-testing-guidelines/">Mobile Product Testing Guidelines and Resources</a> pulled from government and the private sector available in four areas: security/privacy, accessibility, functionality/UX and app performance.
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      Speed up your acquisition of testing services with ready-made sample <a title="Mobile SOW and Developer Qualifications" href="/resources/mobile-sow-and-developer-qualifications/">SOW language</a> with mobile developer qualifications.
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      Leverage a crowd-sourced pool of federal volunteers to test your mobile web app/site on a wide range of mobile devices with the Federal Crowdsource Mobile Testing Program.
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  </ul>
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    Develop
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  <ul>
    <li>
      Create mobile-enabled websites with responsive design and full multimedia capabilities with <a title="Sites.USA.gov" href="https://Sites.USA.gov">Sites.USA.gov</a>.
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      Reuse mobile code (frameworks, modular code and whole apps) and leverage testing scripts collected from multiple private and public sector sources on our <a href="http://gsa.github.io/Mobile-Code-Catalog/">Mobile Code Sharing Catalog</a>.
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      Get your mobile products designed right, from the beginning, using the  <a title="Mobile User Experience Guidelines and Recommendations" href="/resources/mobile-user-experience-guidelines/">Mobile Gov User Experience Guidelines and Recommendations</a>.
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  </ul>

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    Launch
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  <ul>
    <li>
      Use the federal friendly <a title="Federal-Compatible Terms of Service Agreements" href="/resources/federal-compatible-terms-of-service-agreements/">Terms of Service agreements</a> and get your app in the app stores.
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      Register your mobile product (app or mobile web site) with the <a title="The Federal Mobile Products Registry" href="/services/u-s-digital-registry/">Federal Mobile Products Registry</a> for placement on the <a href="https://www.usa.gov/mobile-apps">Federal Mobile Apps Directory</a>.
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      PROMOTE! Use the <a href="http://www.usa.gov/About/developer-resources/mobile-app-gallery/index.shtml">Federal Mobile Product API</a> and create widgets to highlight yours and other agencies’ mobile products.
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      Let us know when your product launches and we will help get the word out using DigitalGov.gov!
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What’s Next

This is a beginning–we’ll continue to develop new tools to help you develop mobile products for the public. Contact us via email and tell us what you need.