Molly Bernhart Walker

Biography for Molly Bernhart Walker

Molly Walker is Executive Editor of the Government Publishing Group at FierceMarkets. She writes for, edits and oversees daily editorial operations for FierceGovernmentIT, FierceGovernment, FierceHomelandSecurity and FierceMobileGovernment. She also manages custom eBook and webinar content for the Government publications. Walker previously served as Managing Editor of both the Government and Enterprise IT groups at FierceMarkets. Prior to joining Fierce, she was a Managing Editor at SourceMedia and got her feet wet with internships at FoxNews.com and USAToday.com. She lives in Northern Virginia and is based at the FierceMarkets main office in Washington, D.C.. She can be reached at molly@fiercemarkets.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Articles by Molly Bernhart Walker

Iowa government to adopt mobile-based driver's license

In 2015, the Iowa Department of Transportation will allow residents to use a mobile-based digital driver's license as an official driver's license. Rather than using a physical identification card, Iowa law enforcement plan to accept a smartphone app during traffic stops.

Spotlight: DOT unveils sober ride mobile app

The Transportation Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled Dec. 16 a mobile application to help people who have been drinking get a safe ride home. The app allows...

UPDATED - Commerce OIG uncovers FirstNet contracting and ethics violations

The First Responder Network Authority, the board tasked with overseeing the development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network, didn't properly disclose financial reports, monitor conflicts of interest or transparently award contracts, reveals a long-awaited report from an internal watchdog.

DoD moves forward with mobile-friendly credentialing

Personal identity verification at the Defense Department could become more compatible with mobile devices, since the department approved Nov. 24 the first vendor to provide security credentials for Android, Apple and Microsoft mobile devices.

Spotlight: FirstNet establishes industry liaison, vendor profile capability

The First Responder Network Authority, which is responsible for standing up a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network, announced Nov. 28 two ways it's furthering outreach to its vendor community.

Americans spend more time on mobile, while TV screen time remains flat

Agencies planning their strategy for citizen-facing mobile services should note that the battle for screen time is swinging in favor of tablets and smartphones. The time Americans spend on mobile devices is climbing while the time they spend at the television has plateaued, finds recent analysis from mobile marketing company Flurry Analytics, based on ComScore and Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

WhatsApp jumping on mobile encryption bandwagon

On the heels of action by Google and Apple, yet another mobile messaging technology is expanding its use of encryption to protect user information – a move that has drawn criticism from law enforcement agencies. The Facebook-owned mobile messaging platform WhatsApp is working with Open Whisper Systems to provide end-to-end encryption, according to a blog post.

FCC considers WiFi, Bluetooth to help pinpoint emergency 911 callers inside buildings

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on a proposed roadmap that would use available WiFi and Bluetooth technology to help locate emergency 911 callers inside buildings, according to a public notice posted by regulators Nov. 20.

US Marshals gathering mobile data with plane-based devices, reports WSJ

The U.S. Marshals Service is using devices that mimic cellphone towers on airplanes to gather information from thousands of mobile phones on the ground, reports the Wall Street Journal in a Nov. 13 expose based on interviews with anonymous sources with close knowledge of the program.

First phase of state consultations to be finished before fiscal 2016, FirstNet head says

The First Responder Network Authority has set a goal of finishing the first phase of consultations with state government officials – a critical component in developing a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network – by the end of fiscal 2015, the head of the congressionally mandated, independent organization said.