In case you were tired of carrying around a document that contains on average 156 pages, the Congressional Record can now be viewed on your iPad.
Last week, the Library of Congress released an app that allows iPad users to view the Congressional Record, which is the official account of Congress’ activities.
The app was released with the help of the Government Printing Office, which assembles the Congressional Record, and was requested by the House Administration Committee.
The last time the GPO was involved with the creation of an app, the pictorial directory app that was released last year, it produced a Web-based app, meaning that it created a shortcut for smartphone or tablet users to quickly find the online pictorial directory from their home screen.
This time around, the app is native, meaning it was specifically designed for the iPad, had to meet Apple’s standards and must be downloaded through the official app store. Typically, creating native apps rather than Web-based apps is a more expensive and time-consuming process.
In addition to using its own resources, the library spent about $75,000 on independent contractors to create the app, which took about four months to complete, said Jennifer Gavin, the agency’s acting communications director.
Currently, the app is only available on the iPad and not on other Apple devices, like the iPhone or iPod Touch, or other smartphones and tablets. Gavin said in an email that although making the app available on other devices is possible, it is “not currently on our work schedule.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.