December 2, 2020

New: GPO Releases Its First App

App #1 is a web app (no download required) with U.S. Congress directory data.

From a GPO Announcement (via FDLP):

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has released its first mobile Web application, which provides the public with quick, easy access to information on Members of Congress. Based on the Guide to the House and Senate Members and information in the Congressional Pictorial Directory, the app allows users to browse for Members of Congress by last name, state, chamber, or party. Additionally, users can search by first and last name.

Of the new app, Public Printer Bill Boarman says, “GPO has experienced an incredible transformation in its 150 year history from handset type to handheld devices. We are very excited to release our first app for the public and provide a tool that will connect the public with Members of Congress. GPO looks forward to developing more apps in the future to provide the public with new options for accessing Government information.”

To access the app on your mobile device, go to http://m.gpo.gov/memberguide or scan the QR code with your mobile device.

Of course, many other congressional directory, news, and reference apps are available including two from the Sunlight Foundation.

1. Congress
For Android

2. Real Time Congress
For iOS

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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