Oh, they choose, alright. Every other November…
To turn Dave’s comment below around, I would ask why the government seeks to provide services that are provided by the private sector? If WebMD exists, why are we still paying for HealthFinder.gov?
To use another example, would we want the National Weather Service to design a full-service mobile app? I think it makes more sense for them to focus on providing high-quality weather data to private firms, like the Weather Channel, which in turn design apps for the consumer.
This does raise an interesting branding problem. It makes the government a bit like BASF. “We don’t make a lot of the products you use…”