The General Services Administration's office of citizen services and innovative technologies has developed a guide for agencies looking to procure mobile applications, responsively-designed websites, mobile program testing or mobile developer services.
"Agency developers looking to jump-start their efforts can find source code for native and web projects from a variety of sources: federal agencies, other governments, and third-parties in the private sector," writes Mike Pulsifer, lead IT specialist for the division of enterprise communications at the Labor Department, in a May 13 blog post.
The task of pulling together a complete, standardized inventory of all of its data is an enormous task for agencies—one Martin admits could be an overwhelming challenge.
While the maturity of bring your own device strategies varies widely across government, more agencies are standing up mobile device management systems as a precursor to BYOD. The Commerce and Justice departments now have MDM contracts available to components and pilots underway; and the Defense Department's forthcoming MDM and app store contract award will enable BYOD in the unclassified environment, say officials.
Digital "go-bags" consisting of mobile applications are just as important as traditional go-bags packed in advance of emergencies and disasters, said National Library of Medicine officials during a webinar April 25.
The large number of respondents that visited or plan to visit government sites via mobile devices presents an opportunity for agencies to grow their mobile presence. "Sites not offering or, at the very least, preparing for mobile experiences now risk falling behind the curve, especially as mobile becomes the primary means of accessing online content by many visitors," writes ForeSee Usability Team Lead Matthew Dull.
"If you look at the FY '14 budgets for the individual agencies and staff offices at USDA, almost all of them mention mobility and mobile tools as a priority for them in the budget. Mobile in terms of our own employees--running 3,000 offices is really expensive to maintain. So, we're finding our field-based agencies in particular are looking at mobile so their employees can actually be out of the office.
"The FAA has determined that the hacking technique described during a recent computer security conference does not pose a flight safety concern because it does not work on certified flight hardware," said the agency. Rather, it only works on flight simulation technology.
The Application Developers Alliance is asking the Federal Trade Commission to extend its deadline to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
The Navy is researching mobile application development and deployment techniques to inform a future app of its own that could assist warfighters in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal community.