Biography for Greg Slabodkin
For more than 15 years, Greg Slabodkin has written about medical information technology for several tech trade publications, with a brief stint in corporate communications for a large medical device manufacturer. He was nominated for a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award, and is the recipient of a Post-Newsweek Business Information Editorial Excellence Award for his news reporting. Follow @Slabodkin on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Greg Slabodkin
David Hale, project manager of Pillbox, a National Library of Medicine open government initiative, said commercial apps available to the public often are "emotionally satisfying as well as useful," and "even if citizens don't expect government apps to be at that same level, honestly, they're still a little disappointed when they don't get it."
The first housing discrimination mobile application for iPhones and iPads is now available for download from the Apple App store, according to a Feb. 28 Housing and Urban Development Department press release. The app allows users to submit a claim of housing discrimination for review by HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
A Federal Communications Commission order clears the way for regulated use of signal boosters to expand the reach of wireless network coverage for consumers. By approving the use of signal boosters, which amplify signals between wireless devices and wireless networks, the FCC says in a Feb. 20 press release that the technology will help reduce gaps in wireless coverage nationwide.
Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, mobile device manufacturer HTC America will develop and release software patches for its smartphones and tablet computers that put millions of consumers at risk, according to a Feb. 22 FTC press release.
With the release of its new Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan (.pdf), the Defense Department is moving forward with the acquisition process for procuring a combined enterprise-wide mobile device management and mobile application store, according to a Feb. 26 press briefing.
In an effort to better support the Defense Department's 600,000 mobile device users, DoD on Feb. 26 released a Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan designed to address rapidly evolving warfighter requirements in the area of mobility, according to a press release. The plan (.pdf) is to serve as a framework for the department's utilization of secure classified and protected unclassified mobile solutions that leverage commercial technology.
In order for Australia's economy to take full advantage of productivity gains from mobile technology, the Australian government needs to review its spectrum policies, according to a new Deloitte report (.pdf). "Demand for spectrum is increasing," the report notes.
Current policy doesn't ensure that employees have a business need for mobile connectivity, TIGTA says, adding that tax agency workers get a BlackBerry or air card "generally based on job series classifications."
In an effort to establish a governmentwide mobile device management platform as directed by the Digital Government Strategy, the General Services Administration is seeking industry input for its Managed Mobility Program, according to a Feb. 1. announcement printed in FedBizOps.