Obama Administration Requiring Agencies To Provide Mobile Services

The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that it is launching a new initiative to provide government services on mobile devices.

Within the next 12 months, two key government services from each major federal agency will be available to users of mobile phones. By 2015, the administration said, more Americans will access the Internet via mobile devices than by traditional desktop computers.

“Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device," President Obama said in a statement.

The administration also announced that it will release more government data at a faster rate, which it hopes will spur entrepreneurship. A new Presidential Innovation Fellows program is also being created, which will pair top innovators from outside the federal government with their federal counterparts to create new projects. The fellows will take on projects in health, education, energy, safety and personal finance, among others, the White House said.

"Today’s directive will accelerate our drive to make key services easily accessible to more Americans than ever,” said U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel in a statement.