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Obama Requires Federal Agencies to Make Services Available as Apps

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration said once again Wednesday that technology is high on its priority list. It said it is launching a new initiative that aims to make government services more available to consumers through mobile apps.

The president has ordered each major federal agency -- the Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, etc. -- to make key government services, ones “the American people depend on,” available as mobile apps within the next year.

“Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” President Obama said in a statement. “By making important services accessible from your phone and sharing government data with entrepreneurs, we are giving hard-working families and businesses tools that will help them succeed.”

The administration is also working to make large amounts of government data more accessible to developers so they can “innovate new services and mobile applications,” the administration said in a press release.

View the full memo sent from the president to the heads of executive departments and agencies here.

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Obama Seeks Power to Consolidate Federal Agencies

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- One year after first proposing consolidation of some overlapping government agencies, President Obama is finally ready to ask Congress for authority to take action.

White House officials say the request will be for what is called “authority to consolidate” some federal functions, starting in the trade area, including the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Small Business Administration and three other export-related offices.

The president is asking for powers he claims expired under the Reagan administration, which cut a significant amount of government bureaucracy in the 1980s.

In his State of the Union address to Congress in January 2011, Obama drew chuckles and even some applause from lawmakers when he cited what he called his favorite example of government overlap.

“The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they’re in saltwater,” he declared to laughter in the House chamber.  “I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked."

“We live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black-and-white TV.  There are 12 different agencies that deal with exports.  There are at least five different agencies that deal with housing policy,” the president stated then.

This new authority would allow Congress to vote up or down the entire package of consolidations within 90 days.

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