National Weather Service Bans Mobile App Development

January 10, 2012
FedCyber Wire, Technology
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The National Weather Service has decided not to expend any internal resources to develop device-specific mobile application for iPhones, Androids, or iPads, and the federal agency’s union is not happy about it.

Although numerous federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the White House, have jumped into mobile application development with apps for Android and Apple iOS, others, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and now the National Weather Service, are holding off, preferring instead for now to allow the private sector to develop apps powered by agency data. Some open-government advocates also have questioned whether agencies should be developing their own apps or just enabling the private sector to do it for them.

via InformationWeek Government, continued here.