Three Ways Agencies Are Using Social Media in Mobile Products

Jun 12, 2014 | ,

As highlighted in this Trends on Tuesday post, time spent on mobile phones—about 3 hours per day—has surpassed that of daily PC usage. This yields a significant opportunity for consumer interaction with federal agencies’ mobile apps, not just websites, and social media outlets. To take advantage of new opportunities for consumer Read »

CDC’s Digital Front Door Goes Responsive

Jun 5, 2014

Ask, and you shall receive. That was the strategy behind the new homepage from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new homepage debuted last month with a responsive design that offers a “one-site-fits-all” experience based on feedback from you, the public. Read »

Arlington National Cemetery’s Updated App Brings You Closer to Nation’s Fallen Veterans

May 29, 2014

While many of us were planning for barbecues or heading to lakes and beaches on the eve of Memorial Day Weekend, the digital team at Arlington National Cemetery was busy doing what they do best: honoring the sacrifices of America’s Read »

GSA Introduces News Genius to Decode Government Web

Mar 27, 2014 |

The federal government can now unlock the collaborative “genius” of citizens and communities to make public services easier to access and understand with a new free social media platform launched by GSA today at the Federal #SocialGov Summit on Entrepreneurship and Read »

Why Go Responsive? Here’s What Feds Are Saying

Mar 24, 2014 |

Responsive Web design implementations in the federal government have members of the Mobile Gov Community of Practice asking what is responsive Web design and how do we do it? In February, the Read »

Get a grip on injury, death rates with new mobile app from CDC

Mar 20, 2014

Need to make a pitch for injury prevention? About to give an impromptu public health presentation that can benefit from a few sobering data points about leading causes of death in your state? (Or maybe you just have a keen interest in the macabre while waiting for the bus.) Well, go grab your iPads: The Center Read »

Open Payments Apps Help Healthcare Professionals Track Reporting On The Go

Mar 6, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is bringing lots of change to the traditional healthcare landscape as practitioners and healthcare companies gear up for an influx of patient demand. There are also changes to the way healthcare companies and doctors will track and report reimbursements. And not only is the healthcare changing but also are the Read »

Department of Education goes responsive (again) with FSA’s new Financial Aid Toolkit

Feb 26, 2014

Money for college? It’s never too early — or too late, for that matter — to start schooling oneself in the possibilities of federal financial aid. Following in the footsteps of their website, the digital team at’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) closed out 2013 with the launch of, a “sister” site featuring Read »

Trends on Tuesday: Distracted Walking

Feb 18, 2014 |

Piggybacking on one of my earlier posts, People are Crazy about Mobile, I’m going to talk about “Distracted Walking.” Who among us hasn’t walked and texted or checked Facebook or Twitter on our smartphones, but have bumped into someone or something while texting on your smartphone? I Read »

FEMA App adds ‘Disaster Reporter’ feature

Jan 16, 2014

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is taking the well-known slogan, “See something, say something,” to the crowd. Consider it more “See something, submit something.” Harnessing the power of citizen intelligence to understand and respond to disasters, FEMA in late 2013 launched a new feature in Read » goes Responsive

Jan 9, 2014

Did this week’s polar vortex wreak havoc on your heating and cooling system? Maybe now you’re in the hunt for a new furnace or looking for more efficient ways to Read »

FCC’s Speed Test App

Jan 2, 2014

Feeling the need for [more] speed? Well, so is the mobile team at the Federal Communications Commission. As part of the agency’s Measuring Broadband America Program, the FCC is looking to the crowd (that means you!) to help them assess America’s mobile broadband performance on a national scale. Their hope is Read »

Trends on Tuesday: Federal Agency Mobile Gov Trends in 2013

Dec 31, 2013 |

Today we want to tell you about the federal agency trends we saw this year in the development of public facing mobile products. Digital Government Strategy drove Mobile Gov Development Digital Government Strategy milestone 7.2 required agencies to implement two public facing mobile products in May. The White House highlighted Read »

Trends on Tuesday: More Tablet Shipments than PCs in 2014?

Dec 3, 2013 |

Canalys, an international IT company, predicted last week that tablets will almost out-ship all other PC form factors combined next year. They expect that tablets will account for almost 50% of the total client PC market (that includes desktops, notebooks, and tablets) in 2014. PC shipments accounted for 40% of PC shipments Read »

Surviving Thanksgiving With Your Smartphone

Nov 27, 2013 |

Oh, Thanksgiving! If you need to take a time-out from the dinner table for a little of your own (cyber)space, give these apps a try: Does a holiday with your extended family put your nerves on edge? The Breathe2Relax and TacticalBreather mobile apps are specially designed to help you control Read »