Mobile Access Review Committee
- What is a mobile app?
- Can anyone develop a mobile app for the Agency?
- What is MARC?
- I want to develop a...
- What if MARC does not approve a mobile app or mobile Web concept?
- After development is complete, where will the mobile app or Web pages reside?
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Note: There is currently a temporary freeze on adding new content to the EPA mobile website. During this freeze, no new content will be accepted on m.epa.gov other than mobile apps and news/banner updates. Static HTML content intended for mobile audiences should be developed in Drupal, which offers responsive design. The Committee will reevaluate this decision in 2014.
In order to maximize value and minimize risk, all mobile application concepts for native external (public-facing) mobile apps must be approved by the Mobile Access Review Committee (MARC) before beginning development. Mobile Web apps and mobile websites have a lesser standard of review (see below), but must also be approved by MARC prior to development.
The Mobile Access Review Committee (MARC) is a committee that evaluates and approves mobile app concepts and maintains the mobile apps look and feel requirements based on the latest technology, EPA requirements, and best practices. Members include the National Content and National Infrastructure Managers of the Web Council as well as representatives from the Office of Web Communications (OWC), the Office of Environmental Information (OEI), the OEI-lead region, a rotating program office, and the Office of General Counsel (OGC). The Committee works with subject matter experts as needed.
The members of MARC are:
- Jonda Byrd, National Infrastructure Manager, OIAA
- Jeffrey Levy, National Content Manager, OWC
- Steve Boudrot, OEI Lead Region (Region 1) Representative
- Scott Albright, OGC
- Sam Bronson, OIAA
- Donald Frank, OCSPP
- Dennis Gorres, OCSPP
- Mike Hessling, OIAA
- Jeff Morin, OWC
The MARC Charter is available, too.
Contact MARC (Mobile_App-MARC@epa.gov).
|If I want to develop a...||Then...||And the next steps are..|
|Native App for the Public||MARC Review is Required||
|Mobile Web App or Website for the Public||MARC Review is Required||
|Mobile App for Internal Use Only||No Review Necessary||
Concepts that are not approved can be modified and resubmitted. The evaluation process is transparent and submitters will be provided detailed explanations for all decisions. For details on the criteria used for evaluation, see the guidance document: Mobile Application Evaluation Guidance PDF (9 pp., 116 K) Intranet
Every external (public-facing) EPA mobile app must be linked from, and every external mobile Web page must reside on EPA's mobile website. Web pages that are automatically optimized for mobile browsers by a Web Content Management System (WebCMS) do not require MARC review. There must also be a link to the equivalent and accessible information or functionality on www.epa.gov. Refer to the SLCM Procedure for all requirements regarding mobile app and mobile web development.