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.
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.
But despite these gains, only 56 of federal IT managers believe their agencies are taking full advantage of mobility, according to the industry-sponsored survey.
Under a bring your own device policy undergoing final approval at NASA, agency employees who opt in to the program may have to surrender their devices should they become compromised. "There could be the possibility that a device will have to be destroyed depending on what was on it," said John Sprague, enterprise applications service executive within NASA's office of the chief information officer.
The Veterans Affairs Department is seeking information on how it can support mobile devices operating on its network – a number that it expects will exceed 100,000 over the next three years.
Mobile is a core part of the Federal Communications Commission's mission, and now it's also a focus for its IT shop. With 40 percent of the agency's IT systems more than 10 years old, FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray is taking a targeted look at legacy sprawl.
The Energy Department ended up paying more to contractors that brought their own mobile devices than it would have if it had paid to given them government devices, an April 15 DOE inspector general report says.
Concern about mobile devices and records management sparked the National Archives and Records Administration to warn agencies about the challenges they're likely to face.
The General Services Administration says agencies have cut wireless costs by almost a quarter by using Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative wireless blanket purchase agreements.
The Defense Department's mobility pilot is now well underway, but as the department allows non-BlackBerry devices to connect to its network, it faces several previously unforeseen challenges, said DoD Chief Information Officer Teri Takai. Non-customized consumer devices present problems in terms of credentialing and pre-loaded applications, said Takai at a March 26 event hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.