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Share Your Ideas for Mobile Apps from the Government

The mobile apps gallery has more than 50 free apps and mobile web sites from across government that can help make your life easier. There’s an app to find out how long the security line is at the airport or to see if your child’s new toy has been recalled. You can also find mobile apps to:

  • Protect your child: The FBI Child ID app provides a convenient place to store photos and vital information about your child so it can be found easily at your fingertips if your child goes missing.
  • Look for a job: With the USA JOBS iPhone app, you can search all types of federal government job openings available across the country.
  • Get nutrition information: The Food-a-pedia app breaks down food items by total calories, food groups, and other extra calories added from fat and sugar.

For the next few weeks you can also tell us what apps or other mobile products you think government agencies should create. The deadline to submit ideas is September 15.

Share your ideas.

The Unites States Postal Service now offers new ways to access its tools while on the go. With a new mobile friendly website and apps for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Andriod devices, you can find the nearest post office, look up zip codes and track your packages.

Search “USPS Mobile” in your app store to easily find the application for your device.

If you have a smart phone or other mobile device, you may download and use apps. Mobile apps allow you to play games; get turn-by-turn directions; and access news, books, weather, music, or videos.

Apps can be so convenient that you might download them without thinking about how they’re paid for, what information they gather from your device, and who gets that information.  Before you download a mobile app, consider these questions.

Mobile Apps for Your Summer Travels

No matter what your travel plans are for the summer, the government has useful mobile apps to help you stay safe and healthy.

Domestic Travel

If you’re flying in the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration offers My TSA for iPhone and mobile web browsers. This app offers easy access to important information, such as what you can and cannot bring in your carry on, tips for packing, and security check wait times for most domestic airports.

International Travel

For international travelers, the Department of State has a free iPhone app called Smart Traveler. You can keep up on the latest travel alerts and find maps and U.S. Embassy and consulate locations all over the world.

Local Health Services

No matter what kind of travel you’re planning, it’s important to know how to access local health services. The Health Resources and Services Administration has a Find a Health Center app for iPhones that can provide the location of emergency or non-emergency healthcare centers in your area.

Sun Exposure and Air Quality

To help you stay safe in the summer sun, the Environmental Protection Agency created the UV Index app for Android and Blackberry smartphones, as well as a mobile web version. This app provides information on both UV sun exposure and air quality for your current location.

Browse more mobile apps from the government.