Here’s an interesting wheeze posted today by the Chief Information Officer of the USA on the White House web-site: the US government is to have an Apps Store.
‘Today, I am excited to announce that we have launched Apps.gov to help continue the President’s initiative to lower the cost of government operations while driving innovation within government’, says Vivek Kundra, the US CIO, ‘Apps.gov is an online storefront for federal agencies to quickly browse and purchase cloud-based IT services, for productivity, collaboration, and efficiency.’
Kundra says the US government spends $75 billion a year on IT and this could be reduced by adopting the use of cloud computing in the federal government through Apps.gov
No.10 Downing Street could follow President Barack Obama onto The Cloud and provide some efficiency-boosting, cost-saving Apps for the UK’s government ministries and agencies. Like:
An App to calculate the cost of an aircraft carrier
An App to identify paedophiles working near children.
An App for Councils to fairly calculate the Community Charge.
An App to monitor MPs’ expenses.
An App to track suspected terrorists.
An App to monitor academic progress in schools.
An App to link government R&D budgets to existing and proposed R&D projects.
To my mind, Kundra is on to something here.