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Website Reviews: National Park Service’s River, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program

The RTCA program leverages National Parks Service expertise in project planning and management by acting as consultants who can help facilitate trails, river conservation and other resource management projects for communities across the country.

Website Reviews: Marine Corps

The Marine Corps website is designed to make both the servicemen and civilians aware of what is going on within this sub-agency of the Department of the Navy. As such, the site is to be used by both servicemen and civilians and is directly structured in such a way as to be accessible by both.

Mobile App Reviews: Congressional Record

The Congressional Record app provides users with mobile-friendly PDF versions of the Daily Edition of the Congressional Record. It also displays the most recent bills, resolutions, treaties, and nominations being considered on the floor of the House and Senate.

E-Government Tool Reviews: NOAA’s View Data Imagery Portal

Intended to be used as “an education and outreach tool”, the beta version of NOAA’s View Data Imagery Portal (VDIP) allows users to interact with mapped datasets to learn about Earth’s oceans, atmosphere, land, cryosphere, and climate. The VDIP presents users with a world map, a basic navigation introduction, and three navigation interfaces that allow users to explore datasets.

Mobile App Reviews: 52 Weeks for Women's Health

52 Weeks for Women's Health is a mobile app created by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) to educate and empower women by informing them of health issues affecting their lives, offering them ways to use this knowledge to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Mobile App Reviews: PFA Mobile

PFA Mobile is a free app produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with the Center for PTSD, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and the DoD’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology. The app provides guidance and resources for mental health providers and responders assisting affected children, families, and adults during an organized emergency response effort.

Mobile App Reviews: Operation Predator

The Homeland Security Investigations division of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency designed the Operation Predator application as a way to get the public involved in identifying suspects involved with child exploitation. According to the ICE website, the mission of Operation Predator is to provide an international initiative to “identify, investigate and arrest child predators who: possess, trade and produce child pornography, travel overseas for sex with minors; and engage in the sex trafficking of children."

Website Reviews: Bureau of Consular Affairs

The Bureau of Consular Affairs’ web site,, has two groups of potential users: Americans considering travel abroad, and citizens of other states who are seeking to travel to the United States. These users will find a website which meets their needs effectively, while being easily navigated even on most portable electronic devices.

Mobile App Reviews: Congressional Record Mobile App

The Library of Congress launched the Congressional Record mobile app in January of 2012 and instantly provided a simple and effective way for the public to remain updated on what happens in the United States Congress. The app has a sleek and well-designed layout that’s relatively easy to use.

Mobile App Reviews: House & Senate Member Guide App

The House and Senate Member Guide App, available through the Government Printing Office, serves as a guide which provides information on every member of the 113th Congress. It includes a picture on each member and information on their Party Affiliation, Hometown, Birth Date, Place of Birth, Bio, District, and Term Count.