President Obama has directed federal departments and agencies to substantially improve the quality and availability of government data within 12 months. The goal of a new strategy is to enable an increasingly mobile population and workforce to access relevant and useful government data any time on any computing device.

“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,” Obama wrote in a May 23 memorandum to department and agency leaders. “In addition, at a time when Americans increasingly pay bills and buy tickets on mobile devices, government services often are not optimized for smartphones or tablets, assuming the services are even available online.”

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