The Agriculture Department is in the process of drafting a bring your own device, or BYOD, strategy but it still has several security and workforce hurdles to overcome, said Joyce Hunter, USDA's acting chief information officer and deputy CIO for policy and planning.
The Defense Department will pilot a "bring your own device," or BYOD, mobility program sometime this summer, according to the department's chief information officer.
A new report that lays out 10 principles for developing a network access and credentialing strategy will be considered by the First Responder Network Authority as it plans development of a nationwide public safety communications network.
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.
About 93 percent of senior federal government employees embrace digital technology in the workplace, improving their productivity, with nearly three-quarters using an agency-issued smartphone and about half using a similar personal device for business purposes, according to a recent report issued by ICF International.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued guidelines that would allow federal employees to use mobile smartphones and tablets – instead of a smart card – to access government facilities or computer systems.
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.
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.