July 2nd, 2010
12:01 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama administration re-launches USA.gov, opens new app store

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Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration re-launched USA.gov Friday morning with the self-proclaimed new focus of looking and acting less bureaucratic mirroring how private sector websites function, according to the White House.

The site is also launching a mobile application store featuring 18 apps ready for free download.

USA.gov is an online resource for the public to access information about taxes, school loans, elections, consumer protection and other topics.

"Across the past couple of decades, the private sector has made great gains in productivity and customer service," said Jeffrey Zients, the Deputy Director for Management within the White House's Office of Management and Budget.

"The Federal Government has largely missed out on these gains as it has failed to harness the power of new technologies. Closing this technology gap between the Federal Government and the private sector is key to saving taxpayer dollars and making government services faster, easier, and more responsive."

USA.gov focuses on simplifying the look and feel of the user experience by clearly displaying information about government services and having the most popular search terms featured. The search bar is powered by Microsoft's Bing technology and has been altered to highlight government websites.

The new government app store allows citizens to download free apps that are compatible with the iPhone, Blackberry and Droid devices.

The new apps include "My TSA," which gives real-time operating status for U.S. airports and wait time information about lines and flights, and a recall app, which allows users to type a product's name, or scan a bar code, and learn whether that product has been recalled because of a safety concerns.

There is an app for checking the UV Index and air quality ratings or who is on the FBI most wanted list. In addition to the apps released Friday, the General Services Administration says more apps are on the way.

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  1. BeverlyNC

    Good for them. Democrats live in the 21st century while Republicans are stuck in the 19th century. They want to keep down women, all non-whites, let the weathly business owners rule and abuse their workers, hold no company accountable for irresponsible greed that caused disasters, and expect the "lesser people" (as they call us from the middle class) to keep them in office.

    Sorry GObP – you fool no one. You are traitors to the people who elected you and who you swore to serve. All you serve are large corporations who buy your votes. You have tried to block all legislation to help working families. We have the power of our vote and come NOvember- there will be a revolt against the Republican Party and we will wipe you out of Congress. I'm sure you will get jobs with all the corporations whose feet you kiss.

    July 2, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  2. dominican mama not 4 obama

    Obama is the worst president this country has seen since Nixon. He should be back in Chicago, running the local YMCA. But, the brilliant liberals in this country voted for "change.". We are now worse off than ever before. He makes George W. Bush look like Abe Lincoln.

    Pretty soon, we will be a socialist country even further in debt, however, unlike Greece, nobody will be coming to our rescue. Plus, if you listen to his comments, Obama is racist against African-Americans. I don't need some wanna-be Reagan telling me how to raise my kids.

    Obama isn't even fit to be the mayor of Wasilla, AK.

    July 2, 2010 04:23 am at 4:23 am |