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Presidential Documents App Available From GPO, National Archives
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) released a mobile web app on the daily public activities of the President of the United States. The app is part of both agencies’ efforts to support The White House’s digital strategy for the federal government by ensuring the American people have access to government information on any device. The Presidential Documents app includes the following from the president:
- Executive orders
- Communications to Congress and federal agencies
- Approved acts
- Nominations submitted to the Senate
- White House announcements
- White House press releases
The app has user-friendly search capabilities, allowing users to access content about the president by searching by date, category, subject, or location, which includes a map feature. This is the first time GPO has enabled an app with a geolocation feature, providing users with access to the most recent content near their location. The public can take advantage of the free mobile web app on most major mobile device platforms. GPO and OFR also make available the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys).
The Presidential Documents app is the third app released by GPO; other apps include the FY 2013 Budget app and the Mobile Member Guide, which provides users with official biographical information about members of the 112th Congress. GPO has also supported the Library of Congress in creating an iPad app for the Congressional Record. The Presidential Documents app represents the first app for the OFR and the third app for the National Archives.
To get the app, go to http://m.gpo.gov/dcpd. For security reasons, the app does not include future presidential schedules.
Source: Government Printing Office
Paula J. Hane
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