The USMSPB Mobile Application is designed to allow on-the-go access to USMSPB Decisions, Case Reports, Press Releases, Studies, and Issues of Merit Newsletter RSS feeds. These feeds originate from www.mspb.gov.
VIEWING an RSS feed
OPENING an RSS feed item
SHARING an RSS feed item
LIKING an RSS feed item
COMMENTING on an RSS feed item
To view an RSS feed, click the related icon
Each document in a feed includes icons indicating whether or not other USMSPB Mobile App users have commented on it, whether they "liked" it, and whether it has been viewed previously.
To view the options for a documents that you are interested in, just tap it.
At the top of the screen, opposite the Back button, you can OPEN the document by tapping the compass icon on the right. Be aware that Studies take additional time to load.
Depending on your device settings, the document will open either in your PDF viewer or your web browser. Hyperlinks in the documents only work if your device is configured to open links in PDF documents.
The Safari button on the task bar opens the document in Safari.
The benefits of opening a document in Safari include access to Safari's native document functions such as search and landscape mode.
The status bar at the bottom of the screen shows you the number of times it has been viewed by USMSPB Mobile App users, the number of "likes", the number of comments, and also a Share button.
To LIKE a document, click the heart button
To COMMENT on a document, click the comment button
NOTE: Your comments are viewable by other USMSPB Mobile App users.
To SHARE a document in an RSS feed, tap it and then tap the Share button on the right side of the status bar.
To select a Share option, tap it. (To share via Twitter or Facebook, you must have a Twitter or Facebook account.)
To view all the activity by USMSPB Mobile App users, hold your finger on one of the RSS feeds at the bottom of the home screen and slide it upward, toward the top of the screen. The Activity screen will appear.
The Activity screen allows you to view all USMSPB Mobile App users' comments, "likes", and sharing via Twitter and Facebook. Tap an item to view it, open it, "like" it, see others' comments and comment on it yourself, and share it.
The Activity screen also allows you to create a user profile or to use your Facebook profile. (The default user profile is Anonymous). If you allowed the USMSPB Mobile App to use your current location when you installed the app, a map icon will appear in the upper right corner so you can view your current location.
Tap the heart icon at the bottom of the screen to see documents that have been LIKED.
Tap the user icon to view your user profile and your Recent Activity. You can edit your profile to include a picture, your name, and a bio, or you can log in to Facebook and use your Facebook profile.
Screen Modes: The USMSPB Mobile App does not support landscape mode at this time.
Comments: You can comment on a document but sometimes cannot view that comment.
Facebook: You can successfully post an item to facebook, but the USMSPB Mobile App may freeze. The only solution is to re-install the USMSPB Mobile App.
We are working on these bugs. We will broadcast an app message when they are resolved and when new versions of the software become available. Please report additional bugs or comment on the USMSPB Mobile App through the MSPB website.