GovWatch: The First Congressional Committee iPhone App

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The U.S. Congress launched the first Congressional Committee iPhone app, which was created using PointAbout's app-building service, AppMakr.

"As more Americans use mobile devices to consume and share critical news of the day, we wanted to meet the taxpayer where he or she is: wireless," said Seamus Kraft, Oversight Republican Director of New Media.

On April 09, 2010, the U.S. Congress created the GovWatch app authored by PointAbout’s AppMakr service; an app-building service allowing companies and individuals to make native, low-cost mobile apps using RSS feeds and other online content in a matter of minutes, not months.

In conjunction with the goals of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Republicans, GovWatch is a hand-held transparency tool, giving the American taxpayer a mobile window on Washington spending.

“As more Americans use mobile devices to consume and share critical news of the day, we wanted to meet the taxpayer where he or she is: wireless,” said Seamus Kraft, Oversight Republican Director of New Media. “Sunshine and openness are the best ways for citizens to hold their elected representatives accountable for spending and policy decisions and now, with GovWatch, the American people can do that smoothly anytime, anywhere.”

The app features the Twitter, Flickr and Facebook feeds of the Oversight Committee Republicans and also displays the committee majority and minority’s latest press releases and statements.

The GovWatch app is available for free download on iTunes. Download it here.

About PointAbout:
PointAbout develops custom iPhone apps for such game-changing brands as The Washington Post, Gannett, Burger King, and others. PointAbout is the creator of AppMakr, a revolutionary service for making a fully native iPhone application, allowing users can enter a website URL or keywords and create a sample iPhone app in under 30 seconds. AppMakr has been profiled in TechCrunch, Time, Mashable, MobileCrunch, TechMeme, TECH Cocktail, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. For details, contact Daniel R. Odio at Daniel.Odio@PointAbout.com or 202.250.3846.

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