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

Supreme Court: Warrant needed to search mobile devices

Digital information contained on mobile devices is constitutionally protected from search by a police officer without a warrant, ruled the Supreme Court June 25.

FCC aims for mobile device theft solution within 6 months

The Federal Communications Commission hosted a workshop on the prevention of mobile device theft June 19, in an effort to rally stakeholders and put forth an implementable solution within six months. "The issue has been identified. The low-hanging fruit solutions to this issue have been picked. It's time to climb higher up the tree," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler during the event.

DoD seeks mobile application support, commercial device guidance

A pair of notices posted to FedBizOpps June 20 show the DoD is looking to purchase enterprise apps at a discount to host on its app store as well as gather strategies for fostering custom mobile app development. It also has a number of questions about how to best support commercial mobile devices while ensuring compliance with National Security Agency security and privacy standards.

DHS launches Mobile Technology Security project

The Homeland Security Department announced the Mobile Technology Security project June 13, one of several targeted research and development projects its science and technology directorate will pursue under a five-year broad agency announcement.

23% of states haven't started FirstNet education, outreach

Nearly a quarter of states are not actively conducting outreach or education related to the implementation of the First Responder Network Authority, the program tasked with the development of a nationwide high-speed wireless broadband network for first responders.

Federal appeals court rules cellphone location data requires warrant

The Fourth Amendment, which requires that warrants be issued when there's probable cause and protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, also extends to cellphone location data, ruled (pdf) the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals June 11. "We hold that cell site location information is within the subscriber's reasonable expectation of privacy. The obtaining of that data without a warrant is a Fourth Amendment violation," the court said in USA v. Quartavious Davis.

Facebook taps GSA API for social media verification

Facebook now references General Services Administration data to verify that visitors to federal Facebook pages are viewing an authentic page and not a copy-cat account.

Transition to IP challenges emergency communication operations, says FCC CTO

With 70 percent of all 911 calls now originating on a mobile phone, analog landline phones pose a major challenge for emergency communication operations in several ways, said the Federal Communications Commission's chief technology officer.

Navy must adjust to a limited spectrum environment, says director of Naval Intelligence

As defense systems are increasingly reliant on finite electromagnetic spectrum, the Navy is exploring technologies that will help the service adjust its needs to the spectrum available while still achieving mission, said Vice Adm. Ted Branch, director of Naval Intelligence.

Mobile tracking self-regulation failing, say federal officials

Government efforts to encourage industry to follow best practices for consumer protection in using mobile tracking technology have failed to this point due to their voluntary nature, said officials during a June 4 hearing.