The General Services Administration could soon allow agencies to register personnel for their identification cards from a smartphone or tablet. The agency issued a request for information June 5 on the viability of offering its identity management services in a mobile-friendly format.
The Defense Department wants input from the private sector about the best methods and technologies to help the military create a unified communications system that connects a variety of systems such as mobile devices and collaboration software.
An interagency group tasked with drafting a strategy and recommendations for health information technology regulation by January 2014 need assistance crafting policy for mobile medical applications.
As agencies look to make more of their services available through mobile devices, the General Services Administration says it's on hand to walk them through the entire mobile development lifecycle. The new mobile development program is anchored by GSA's recently- launched website, which was a requirement under the Digital Government Strategy , said GSA Mobile Programs Manager Jacob Parcell during a May 30 webinar .
The Federal Chief Information Officers Council May 23 released three documents intended to help agencies adopt mobile technology securely, but a closer look at the documents show mobile security baselines remain a work in progress.
The General Services Administration signed blanket purchase agreements with major wireless providers May 22 that are set to save the federal government around $300 million over five years, a GSA press release said .
The Defense Information Systems Agency announced May 17, the approval of security technical implementation guides that will open the department's doors to Apple's iOS 6 devices. The STIG approval allows government-issued iOS 6 mobile devices to connect to Defense Department networks within mobility pilots currently underway or under the forthcoming mobile device management framework, said the department.
Mobile phone usage in developing countries can help combat poverty by giving the residents a way to send and transfer money, as well as receive information that could grow business, said panelists at a May 16 Brookings Institute event . For farmers in Africa, mobile capability means they can find out how much crops are selling for in other parts of the world and get a better price for their own product, Tufts University Economics Professor Jenny Aker said.
The Defense Department plans to take only 30 days to approve new mobile devices rather than the twelve months it currently takes, DoD Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers Robert Wheeler said at an April 30 mobility town hall meeting . The longer the DoD takes to approve mobile devices, the more quickly they go out of date, he said.
BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and devices using Samsung's Knox for Android are now allowed on Defense Department networks.