The general rule among government agencies is that we can supply data, but apps based on that data should be created by private enterprise. There are, of course, exceptions. Most exceptions are for internal-facing apps, but there are also excellent public-facing apps.

If you're considering contracting for app creation, consider the following:

  • Is there a genuine need for the app? 
  • Would a mobile-responsive website/page do the job better/cheaper/easier?
  • Would the app compete with private industry? 
  • Have you budgeted for quality? 
  • Have you budgeted to maintain the app? 
  • Are you developing for both iOS and Android? 
  • Are the expected results worth the expense? 

There are many more considerations, but these should get you started on the path to a good decision. 

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