Rep. Kelly bill on government document access for mobile devices advances

Legislation proposed by U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., that would require all future and redesigned government websites to be mobile-friendly was approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and is awaiting action by the full House of Representatives.
 
Kelly represents Homewood and Flossmoor in Congress.
 
“I’m extremely excited to see this common sense bill, the Connected Government Act (HR2331), move forward to help more Americans connect with their government and government services,” said Kelly, who serves as the ranking member of the House Information Technology Subcommittee. “In 2017, mobile-friendly websites are necessary, because one in 10 Americans uses only a cellphone to access the internet.”
 
Currently, more than 40 percent of government websites are inaccessible or difficult to use on a mobile device, according to an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) report. 
 
In particular, the report criticizes key websites for government services including FASFA, the application for federal student aid and loans and the Federal Service Desk, the starting point for government grant applications and contract bids.

The U.S. Senate also has a version of the Connected Government Act before it for action.

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