Mobile apps hit federal agencies

Mobile applications – or apps – are increasingly becoming a part of agencies’ offerings to the public.

Federal Computer Week reports that lists 31 government apps designed for the public, with more under construction.

“In some ways, we have probably reached the tipping point for mobile,” said Gwynne Kostin, director of mobile applications at GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, in the FCW article. “It will be exciting to watch.”

Eight in ten adults have a mobile device, giving rise to an “app culture,” according to the Pew Research Center.


“A large number of people see the inevitability of mobile applications,” Kostin said in FCW. “For government, it will take strategy and rethinking of systems.”

Here’s a sampling of some of the gov apps mentioned in the article:

  • MyFood-a-pedia
    Developed by USDA, you can find nutrition information on over 1,000 foods.
  • MyTSA
    Provides passengers with common travel and security answers.
  • IRS2Go
    Allows you to check the status of your federal income tax.