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 email@example.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Articles by Molly Bernhart Walker
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.
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.
Agency mobility efforts would benefit from shared models and templates that are approved and endorsed by the federal chief information officer and CIO council, according to a whitepaper (pdf) published by the MITRE Corporation and the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center.
The Internal Revenue Service has not effectively kept up with changes in its wireless device inventory, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report (pdf) dated Sept. 19 but only released publicly Nov. 5. While 94 percent of IRS employees eligible for BlackBerry smartphones, cellphones or wireless aircards were appropriately assigned the devices, the agency had trouble keeping accurate documentation updated.
The Army wants to buy as many as 60,000 tactical manpack radios, but the service altered course after low-rate production orders resulted in 17-pound test radios – twice as heavy as those currently in use. A new request for information specifies they must now weigh closer to eight pounds, but not more than 12.
A new mobile application will help Peace Corps volunteers keep medical supplies stocked and establish a more efficient resupply process for overseas medical staff. It was challenging for volunteers working in remote locations to request medical supplies and overseas medical staff were spending up to eight hours a week responding to requests via email, phone and text.
The Chilean government has blocked some 18,000 public transportation cards after detecting that transit users fraudulently added money to the cards with an Android-based application.
The State Department unveiled to its workforce Oct. 3 a mobile version of Corridor, the department's internal networking and microblogging tool. The move to help foreign affairs professionals better connect and collaborate via mobile is the latest step in what Eric Nelson, director of the State Department's office of eDiplomacy, describes as a march toward greater access to the department's information assets from mobile devices.
The State Department is trying to satisfy demands for instantaneous mobile communications in every setting and provide more access to classified and sensitive networks at its facilities – priorities that can be at odds and impossible to do all the time, said a high-ranking departmental official.
Mobile technology is helping direct mail become more interactive, particularly for advertisers, says the Postal Service inspector general in a Sept. 22 report (pdf) on mail innovation. Connected mail connects recipients to a digital experience via a mobile device.