December 1, 2020

11 Recently Released or Updated Mobile Apps/Web Sites from the U.S. Government

All of the following apps are free.

(Added to Roundup on October 5)

1.  New: Bureau of Labor Statistics App (iOS and Android Apps)

The free app displays real-time updates to the unemployment rate, Unemployment Insurance initial claims, the Consumer Price Index, payroll employment, average hourly earnings, the Producer Price Index, the Employment Cost Index, productivity, the U.S. Import Price Index and the U.S. Export Price Index as they are published each week, month or quarter. News releases providing context for the data are also available through the app and can be viewed within a mobile browser or as PDF documents. (via DOL)

2. Recently Updated by the Federal Reserve of St. Louis: FRED Economic Data iOS App
A Mobile web site to access FRED resources is also available.

3. AIDS.gov Mobile Web Site

4. U.S. Department of State Careers (Mobile Web Site)

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Mobile Web Site)

6. SAMHSA Treatment Locator (iOS App)
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

7. OSHA Heat Safety Tool (Android App)

he App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple tap, you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness—reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

8. ADL mLearning Guide (iOS and Android Apps & Mobile Web Site)

The purpose of the ADL Mobile Learning (mLearning) Guide is to provide a universal resource on all topics pertinent to mobile learning. This resource is intended to provide you with an introduction and will explore the following topics about mobile learning: the basics, planning, learning content, development options, and design considerations. This app was developed by the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative’s Mobile Learning Team. ADL is sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (OUSD P&R). This is an official app of the U.S. Government ADL Initiative.

9. U.S. Merit System Protection Board (USMSPB) (iOS and Android Apps Available)

The USMSPB Mobile App allows on the go, real time access to MSPB recent decisions, case reports, press releases, studies, and Issues of Merit newsletters. In addition, users can review the Merit System Principles, search the MSPB decisions database, share comments regarding MSPB documents, and interface directly with Facebo0ok.

10. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Lake Info (iOS and Android Apps Available)

TVA Lake Info is an easy-to-use resource for operating on and around lakes and dams in the Tennessee Valley Authority region.

• Day-to-day lake level data
• Daily schedules of water releases at dams
• Monthly schedules of recreational water releases
• Detailed guides of how TVA manages individual lake levels
• Recreation information and history of TVA lakes
• Maps of lakes
• Information on navigating locks
• Navigation aids for boaters

The free FBI Child ID app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your child so that it’s literally right at hand if your child goes missing. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

Sources: Apps.usa.gov and Web Sites

See Also: From Sea to Stress: USA.gov Adds Six Federal Government Mobile Apps to Their Directory
From July 13, 2011

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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