Barack Obama has been the most tech savvy President we have ever had. Living in an age of technology, this is increasingly important and with a new directive this week, he has proven how serious he is about the issue:
U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered all major government agencies to make two key services available on mobile phones within a year, in an effort to embrace a growing trend toward Web surfing on mobile devices.
Obama, in a directive issued Wednesday, also ordered federal agencies to create websites to report on their mobile progress. The websites are due within 90 days.
Innovators in the private sector and the government have used the Internet and powerful computers to improve customer service, but "it is time for the federal government to do more," Obama said in the memo. "For far too long, the American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different government programs in order to find the services they need."
Many government services are not optimized for smartphones or tablets, and other services aren't available at all on those devices, Obama wrote.
"Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device," Obama said in a statement. "By making important services accessible from your phone and sharing government data with entrepreneurs, we are giving hard-working families and businesses tools that will help them succeed."
Mobile devices are a fast growing trend in how people view websites. Experts predict in the near future that more people will use mobile devices for web viewing rather than the traditional desktop or laptop. It's great to see a President who understands this and wants to take the initiative to make our government websites available to the newer technologies and those who embrace them.