Posted by: Margaret H. Graves, DHS Acting Chief Information Officer
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as part of the Administration’s Digital Government Strategy, has reached key agency milestones to enable a more efficient and coordinated digital service delivery.
DHS has launched new mobile-enabled websites and Open Data Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), making our data easier to find and more accessible, allowing us to better serve the needs of the American public and help fuel entrepreneurship. To this end:
- TSA launched a mobile-enabled version of its Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP) website (https://trip.dhs.gov/), allowing travelers to submit and track Traveler Redress inquiries and complaints while on the go.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the Border Wait Times mobile-enabled website (http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/mobile.asp), which informs travelers of wait times at our nation’s border crossings and ports of entry.
- FEMA has released an API providing geospatially-enabled hurricane evacuation route data (http://gis.fema.gov/REST/services/FEMA/EvacRoutes/MapServer) that can be leveraged by developers in their own apps and web pages.
- The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) API (www.dhs.gov/ntas-api-documentation) provides a feed of National Terrorism Advisory System current alerts that can be used by developers to place this information in their own apps and web pages.
DHS has also launched www.dhs.gov/developer which allows the public and software developers easier access to DHS-maintained open data APIs, web services, mobile apps, mobile-enabled sites, and developers forums.
The Digital Government Strategy will align public government services with 21st century capabilities. DHS is committed to enabling better utilization of departmental data to improve the quality of services to the American people, as we strengthen the delivery of our digital services.