GSA asks for industry help in managing federal agency mobile devices


In an effort to establish a governmentwide mobile device management platform as directed by the Digital Government Strategy, the General Services Administration is seeking industry input for its Managed Mobility Program, according to a Feb. 1. announcement printed in FedBizOps. 

The purpose of the GSA's request for technical capabilities is to identify solutions that will meet the federal government's "increased needs to manage its mobile devices" including "scaling the secure deployment and management of mobile applications, enterprise data on mobile devices, and management of the devices and mobile platforms themselves." 

GSA is looking for "an easy to use, secure, integrated solution" noting in the document that "the optimal balance between security, total costs and functionality will provide the most business value to the agencies."

Among the capabilities being sought by GSA: if a user reports losing a device, the IT device manager should be able to enter the user name, retrieve the device ID, disable it, and notify the network provider to stop service and billing – all within a single interface, according to RFTC.

The RFTC covers two primary components of the proposed Managed Mobility Program: Mobile Device Management and Mobile Application Management. When it comes to security, the document states that data at rest encryption, data in transit encryption, and secure applications are included in the short-term MDM-MAM requirements, which can be satisfied by separate products which are later integrated into the overall solution. The solution must also protect control and management data in transit between the MDM and the device using FIPS 140 certified cryptographic modules.

The document also includes a provision for Mobility Life-Cycle support. Nevertheless, the GSA points out that although the Mobile Life-Cycle component is required and necessary they are "most interested in the MDM/MAM products and solutions available" and are anticipating that "the MDM and MAM solution sets will address the majority of the requirements listed in this RFTC."

Industry responses to the RFTC are due by March 8. 

For more:

-read the FBO announcement

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