September 16th, 2009
04:20 PM ET
5 years ago

U.S. government sets up online 'app store'

The Obama administration is pushing for the government to use cloud-computing technologies.
The Obama administration is pushing for the government to use cloud-computing technologies.

(CNN) - The Obama administration has unveiled a government "app store" designed to push the federal bureaucracy into the era of cloud computing.

The change means some federal employees will begin using services like YouTube, Gmail and WordPress, which store data on private Internet servers instead of on those paid for with public money.

The process will start small but will ramp up quickly, Vivek Kundra, the U.S. chief information officer, said in a blog post on Tuesday.

"Our policies lag behind new trends, causing unnecessary restrictions on the use of new technology," Kundra writes in the post on WhiteHouse.gov.

"We are dedicated to addressing these barriers and to improving the way government leverages new technology."

The app store is designed for federal employees doing official government business and is not intended for use by the public.

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