Six deliverables were unveiled across government May 23--20 percent of all the goals laid out in the plan. Five of the announcements were directly related to mobile adoption, use and services in the federal government, while one advances open data efforts around APIs and data.gov.
Agencies must consolidate offices and better utilize existing offices to help reduce the amount of money and energy spent on maintaining federal buildings, General Services Administration Public Buildings Service Commissioner Dorothy Robyn told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management in a May 22 hearing .
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.
President Obama nominated Acting General Services Administration head Dan Tangherlini to be the permanent administrator, Obama said in a May 22 statement . Tangherlini had held the role of acting administrator since April 2012.
The continuing resolution signed into law by President Obama in March included new restrictions around conferences, which the Office of Government Ethics outlines in an advisory (.pdf) published May 15.
The General Services Administration did not properly review senior executives when giving out bonuses from 2009 to 2011 and instead employed practices that lacked transparency and accountability, a May 16 GSA Inspector General report says. GSA "illustrated a willingness by the GSA to violate legal requirements and the way officials gave out bonuses was a "manufactured process," the report says.
The General Services Administration owes more than one thousand contractors more than $3 million because the agency failed to reimburse vendors after kicking them out of the schedules program.
The strategy initially called for a governmentwide bring-your-own-device policy within 3 months, which ended up becoming a 43-page BYOD toolkit (.pdf) published Aug. 23, 2012. "It became quickly apparent that getting out an actual policy that applied across the diversity of agencies in that time frame was not something that was realistic and achievable," said Rick Holgate, chief information officer of the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau.
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.
Beyond asking agencies to guard against the release of data with personally-identifiable information, the Open Data Policy published by the White House May 9 directs agencies to account for the "mosaic effect" of data aggregation. The mosaic effect occurs when information alone is not identifiable but when coupled with other available information poses a privacy or security risk.