To drive the transformation of building a 21st century digital government, we focused on four principles: an information-centric approach to manage data instead of documents, a shared platform to streamline development and reduce costs, a customer-centric approach to enable customers to access information whenever and however they want, and a platform of security and privacy to ensure the safe and secure delivery of information.

Find more information on each Agency’s deliverables page.


Agency Spotlight

  • NASA developed a Mars Weather API to provide information on the weather data being transmitted by the Curiosity Rover on Mars.  This API was developed as part of the Space Apps Challenge 2013.
  • The Labor Department APIs provide instant access to over 100 economic indicators such as employment numbers, wage statistics, and consumer price indexes.
  • The Department of Transportation released an updated version of the SaferBus App and released an android version. The app provides information to view and access the safety performance of commercial motor carriers including bus companies.  It also provides a way for the public to report complaints.
  • Department of Defense created a Arlington National Cemetery Explorer mobile application for iOS, BlackBerry, or Android to enable family members and the public to explore Arlington’s events, locate gravesites, or other points of interest. 

Check out additional examples of agencies flagship mobile services and APIs released as part of the Digital Government Strategy



Open Data Policy and Executive Order on Open Data (Milestone 1.1)
Recognizing the power of open government data, the President recently released an Executive Order and Open Data Policy, making open and machine-readable the new default for government data. Under the terms of the Executive Order, all newly generated government data will be required to be made available in open, machine-readable formats, greatly enhancing their accessibility and usefulness, while ensuring privacy and security.

Exposing High-Value Data through Web APIs (Milestone 2.2)
After engaging with their customers, agencies released hundreds of APIs that harness the power of federal government data in areas such as health, public safety, education, and consumer protection. Agencies also created pages for developers that include proper documentation for all of the newly exposed APIs. 

Expanding to Aggregate Agency Data (Milestone 2.3) transitioned its central catalog to an open source platform, enabling automated aggregation of data directly from agencies websites to These new features will make it easier for citizens to find what they’re looking for across government, while reducing the barriers to opening data.


Shared Platform

Digital Services Innovation Center (Milestone 3.1)
The General Services Administration established a Digital Services Innovation Center to improve the government’s delivery of digital services. The Innovation Center works with agencies to establish shared solutions and training to support infrastructure and content needs across the Federal Government. The Innovation Center functions as a cooperative enterprise that draws on resources from across government and leverages the expertise of forward-leaning agencies.

Digital Services Advisory Group (Milestone 3.2) Drawing on leaders from across government, the Digital Services Advisory Group advises the Federal CIO on implementation of the strategy and pursues a threefold mission: (1) helps prioritize shared services needs for the Digital Services Innovation Center, (2) fosters the sharing of existing policies and best practices, and (3) identifies and recommends changes to help close gaps in policy and standards.

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Toolkit (Milestone 3.3) The Digital Services Advisory Group and Federal CIO Council developed a BYOD toolkit for agencies contemplating implementation of BYOD programs. By exploring options to increase the mobility of government workers, the Administration can save taxpayer dollars and improve its service to the American people. The toolkit includes key considerations, best practices, and examples of existing policies from successful BYOD programs launched at forward-leaning agencies.

Shared and Open Content Management System (CMS) (Milestone 3.4) The Digital Strategy Innovation Center developed a CMS toolkit with resources to help agencies choose, design and migrate to a CMS. A CMS not only helps agencies efficiently manage their online content, but can also help them move to an open content model, making it easier for people to find, share, use, and re-use government information. For agencies that need a government policy-compliant platform and hosting solution, the Innovation Center has launched a shared and open enterprise-ready CMS service in the cloud.

Web API Development Support (Milestone 3.5) To increase the interoperability and accessibility of government information, the Digital Government Strategy encourages agencies to open up their content and data via web APIs. To support adoption across the Federal Government, the Digital Services Innovation Center has launched an API webinar series and developed an API toolkit that introduces agencies to API basics and shares examples of APIs in government.

Mobile Application Development Program (Milestone 3.6)
The program offers tools and resources to help agencies in each stage of mobile development. The mobile testing tools, procurement assistance, and code-sharing resources will enable agencies to better plan, develop, test and launch customer-facing mobile websites and apps.

Digital Services Governance Recommendations (Milestone 4.1)
As part of its mission to promote cross-agency sharing of best practices in the delivery of digital services, the Digital Services Advisory Group worked with the U.S. CIO Council and Federal Web Managers Council to develop recommendations on how agencies can stand up effective digital services governance structures consistent with Milestone 4.2. Recognizing that governance is a means to an end, the recommendations highlight opportunity areas for agencies to deliver better services at a lower cost.

Government-wide contract vehicle for mobile devices and wireless services (Milestone 5.1)
Under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, agencies now have access to a Government-wide Blanket Purchase Agreement for mobile devices and wireless voice and data services. Federal, state and local agencies will be able to consolidate wireless spending, saving an estimated $300 million over the next five years.

Models for Commercial Mobile Applications into the Federal Environment (Milestone 5.4)
The Federal CIO Council published a report evaluating opportunities to accelerate the secure adoption mobile technologies into the federal environment at reduced costs.

Managed Mobility (Milestone 5.5)
Managed Mobility is a government-wide program for mobile devices, serving as a one-stop-shop for securely deploying and managing mobile applications and enterprise data on mobile devices. The program’s solution provider list, evaluation template, user guide, and requirements document serve both the management and security of the devices as well as the mobile operating systems.



Guidelines for Improving Digital Services and Customer Experience (Milestone 6.1)
To help agencies keep current with new technologies for delivering effective digital services across an ever-changing digital landscape, the Federal Web Managers Council and Digital Services Advisory Group developed guidelines for improving customer experience.  

Mobile Services (Milestone 7.2)
To jump-start the transition to mobile platforms, each agency has mobile-enabled at least two priority customer-facing services in the past twelve months.

Performance Measurement Guidance and Tools (Milestone 8.1)
To enable data-driven decisions, agencies are now using performance and customer satisfaction measurement tools on all .gov websites. Common measures and tools, provided to agencies by the Digital Services Innovation Center, give us the ability – for the first time – to take a government-wide view of how well we serve our customers and opens new possibilities for consolidating and improving the federal web space.


Security and Privacy

Government-Wide Mobile and Wireless Security Baseline (Milestone 9.1)
To enable agencies to share security testing information and prevent unnecessary duplication, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a security baseline with mobile and wireless security reference architectures.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Report on Mobile Security (Milestone 10.1)
To help agencies navigate the rapidly changing space of mobile security, NIST has released a report on their current work in mobile security and how NIST standards and guidelines are evolving to meet the challenge. The report includes summaries of forthcoming publications on managing and securing mobile devices and information on how NIST’s standards and guidelines should be used in the mobile landscape. 

Mobile Security Barriers, Opportunities and Gap Analysis (Milestone 10.2)
To accelerate the secure adoption of mobile technologies at reduced costs, the Federal CIO Council conducted a mobile security analysis of the current barriers, gaps, and potential opportunities in the use of the mobile technology in the Federal Government. The document summarizes the results of agency interviews and identifies key recommendations to streamline the secure adoption of mobile technologies,

Recommendations for Standardized Digital Privacy Controls (Milestone 10.3)
As good data stewards, the Federal Government must adopt strong privacy, confidentiality, and security safeguards when developing and delivering digital services. To support agency efforts, the Federal CIO Council developed recommendations for standardized implementation of privacy controls in a digital environment.


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