GPO’s First Mobile App.
According to a report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, approximately 35% of people in the U.S. own smartphones or tablet devices, and this number is predicted to increase in the future; 25% of those people primarily access the Internet through their mobile devices. The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has released its first mobile Web app, the Mobile Member Guide for the 112th Congress. With the app you can browse for Members of Congress by Last Name, State, Chamber, and Party. The app displays Member information, including Name, Party, Member Type, State, District, term information, and a photo of the Member from the Congressional Pictorial Directory. In the next few weeks, GPO will add biographical and contact information for Members based on data in the newest edition of the Congressional Directory.
To access the app on your mobile device, go to: http://m.gpo.gov/memberguide.
On Friday, November 4, 2011, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) draws one step closer to shutting down GPO Access. Once the Friday editions of daily updated content (e.g., Federal Register, Congressional Record) have been uploaded, GPO will cease updating GPO Access in terms of both database content and HTML pages. This will mark the start of the archive only phase of GPO Access and new content will only be loaded to FDsys. During this phase, GPO Access will remain publicly accessible as a reference archive.
Want to follow what’s happening in Congress with your smart phone? Free apps for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry are available from the link, below.
Clearspending.org, a Sunlight Foundation website, offers a scorecard on federal agency spending. The site analyzes the spending reported on USAspending.gov across three metrics–consistency, completeness and timeliness–and covers spending from 2007, 2008 and 2009. According to the site, data inaccuracies account for 70 percent of the total $1.9 trillion in government spending data reported last year.