The ongoing saga of the development of mobile applications (apps) by the federal government continues. There are now 93 mobile apps available for download from the usa.gov website, and this number continues to grow.
A recent addition to the growing list of apps mentioned in previous blog posts in July and again in November is a gaming app called “Charge!” This mobile game app was developed to teach procurement rules to contracting officers. The premise of the game is that the user must help secret agents fight the henchmen of an evil genius set on “taking over the world” by using their knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
While teaching contracting officers the requirements of the FAR in an effort to reduce wasteful spending is important, one questions whether using taxpayer dollars to create a game to perform this task is the best use of our limited financial resources.