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GSA Launches Wiki to Push Mobility in Government

The General Services Administration is launching a project to push mobile-technology efforts at federal agencies.

The site — the Making Mobile Gov project — is aimed at helping agencies develop mobile strategies and share best practices.

The site, launched by GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, will act  as a repository of information, statistics and data about mobile gov.

Over the next month, it will allow users to discuss the challenges of mobility in government and focus on designing mobile solutions with the help of government, industry and the public.

However, just creating an app is not a strategy, said Gwynne Kostin, the director of OCSIT’s mobile division. It must fit in with an overarching strategy, she added.

“The goal of this initiative is to make the case for mobile, for people in their agencies to make their case for the importance of mobile,” she told Federal News Radio, adding that the initiative came together from working with what she called “mobile government innovators.”

“There are 25 different agencies we have been working with in the community of practice, and making the case for mobile was an area they really identified as a way to accelerate using mobile in government,” she said.

While the aim of the initiative is to “make the case for mobile,” the project’s creators suggest the numbers already back up their cause.

There are more than 50 federal mobile applications that have been released for everything from iPhones and iPads to Androids, according to the mobile gov project.

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