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CIO council endorses DoD's mobile app vetting process

The Federal Chief Information Officer's Council recommends agencies use a methodology employed by the Defense Department for their mobile application vetting needs.

FirstNet meets with tribal representatives as part of effort to build public safety, wireless network

They discussed collection of vital data from tribes, development of a education and outreach multimedia campaign as well as expanding the tribal working group to include representation from more groups such as the Navajo Nation.

FCC official calls on public safety to assist with wireless 911 improvements

A Federal Communications Commission official requested early involvement from the public safety community in moving enhanced wireless 911 calling from policy to actual implementation.

Crowdsource testing yields mobile content best practices

After almost two years of testing federal mobile websites, the General Services Administration's mobile crowdsource compatibility testing program, has gathered best practices for agencies developing their mobile content strategy.

ACLU says Florida police records show extensive use of cellphone location tracking devices

The ACLU found that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement identified 1,835 uses of the devices, probably in both state and local investigations.

NIST developing tools, methods for higher frequencies as mobile broadband demand rises

Researchers at the National Institute for Standards and Technology are developing tools and methods that provide better measurements for wireless channels at higher frequencies, which can significantly boost bandwidth and capacity for smartphone and tablet users.

DoD piloting over-the-air mobile derived certificates

The Defense Department is running a small-scale mobile device security pilot that could enable the department to move away from common access card readers for mobile devices by July.

ATF using biometrics for mobile device sign-on

Employees at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can now use a biometric tool in lieu of a password to sign on to their mobile devices.   

Consumer activist says Sprint, T-Mobile didn't meet own voluntary phone unlocking standards

While the Federal Communications Commission applauded the milestone, consumer rights activist Sina Khanifar analyzed the agreements of the four major U.S. carriers and found that two – Sprint and T-Mobile – failed to fulfill half their own commitments.

GSA highlights top five mobile design trends this year

As mobile device usage rapidly escalates, user preferences and habits are changing as quickly – and designers are trying to keep pace. The GSA's DigitalGov blog posted the top five app design trends this year, adding these trends are important for federal agencies, too.

Researcher looks to bring cellphone-based forensic technology to the field

New technology being tested at the University of Central Florida could soon help law enforcement and federal agents administer field tests on suspected narcotics more quickly and cheaply.

EFF sues DOJ over records from stingray program

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Justice Department after seeking records related to the U.S. Air Marshals cellphone tracking system, says a Feb. 10 EFF statement.

Congressional lawmakers re-introduce legislation to boost unlicensed airwaves for Wi-Fi use

House and Senate lawmakers have re-introduced legislation that would direct federal regulators to study whether unlicensed spectrum can address the growing demand for wireless use. It would spur innovation, enhance economic development and provide more airwaves for public use, they maintain.

New Calif. bill would prevent warrantless gov't access to private electronic communications

The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act would protect personal messages, passwords, PIN numbers, GPS information, photos, medical and financial data, contact and metadata, but provides exceptions in emergency situations.

FDA workforce using mobile technology for reporting, inspections

The Food and Drug Administration is supporting its many field workers with mobile technology that helps them file reports and inspect goods on the go, said Joe Klosky, senior technical advisor at the FDA.

Question of FirstNet funding now moot, thanks to successful FCC spectrum auction

The Federal Communications Commission raised a staggering $44.9 billion in a recent wireless spectrum auction with some of the proceeds earmarked for the development of a nationwide, interoperable network for first responders.

Feds want more secure mobile communications with state and local counterparts, new RFI says

As local law enforcement, first responders, and other state and local government officials increasingly use mobile devices to share and access information with their federal counterparts, the U.S. government wants to make sure they do so securely.

The president's 2016 budget request: National Telecommunications and Information Administration

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration seeks $49 million in discretionary funding – a big jump in its modest budget to fund several spectrum and broadband intiatives across country.

FCC: Interfering with WiFi hotspots is illegal

The Federal Communications Commission warned individuals, convention centers and commercial establishments that intentionally interfering with WiFi hotspots is illegal, in an enforcement advisory issued Jan. 27.

FirstNet begins federal consultation

The First Responder Network Authority, the board tasked with overseeing the development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network, continued its consultation process by reaching out to federal agencies last week.