Thursday, May 23 marks the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration's unveiling of the Digital Government Strategy , and with that milestone comes an array of deliverables that are due under the strategy. FierceGovernmentIT has compiled an at-a-glance scorecard to assess what's complete, what's missing and to what degree things changed since the plan rolled out last May.
In a FierceGovIT-Market Connections PulsePoll™, we asked federal civilian and military workers directly to describe their experiences with mobile devices. Do they really make you more productive? How, and how much more? Does it depend on the device?
Federal information technology executives spoke on a panel at the TechAmerica CIO Insights event, May 2 in Washington, D.C.
Tom Sasala, chief technology officer for the Army Information Technology Agency, said during a Jan. 23 conference that in his underground Pentagon office, his cell phone "hits what I call about half a bar--just enough to tell it that it can connect, but not enough for it to actually do anything, so it's completely useless." He spoke at the 2013 Federal Mobile Computing Summit in Washington, D.C.
Rather than, for example, build a new system to capture photographs of possible improvised explosive devices for analysis with dedicated hardware and software, "they can leverage a mobile device that will take that picture and send it back to the server, and all [the Marines on patrol] are focused on is the application," said Capt. Josh Dixon, project officer for technology transition within the Marine Corps Systems Command.
Federal requirements for state and local participation in a $135 million grant program that will support rollout of the national broadband public safety network should be finalized in the coming months, says the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Recognizing the advances of commercial practices and technology over the past decade, including smartphones, the Federal Trade Commission has adopted final amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to reflect the growing presence of websites geared towards kids. Among the changes to the COPPA Rule, the new regulations expand the list of personal information that cannot be collected by websites without parental notice and consent, clarifying that this category includes geolocation information, photographs, and videos.
Encryption gaps and rising costs may compromise security as federal agencies continue to adopt mobile technology, says the CIO Council. The report says a lack of validated encryption modules to secure data on mobile devices already limits the ability to protect sensitive information on these products, however, agencies also expressed concern about the time it takes get security methods validated, says the report.
Agencies are making progress in crafting and piloting bring your own device, or BYOD, mobile strategies, but several challenges remain. Reimbursement is one unresolved question facing agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service."The reimbursement challenge is something that I think is the next level in BYOD," said Kimberly Hancher, CIO of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Calif. Attorney General Kamala Harris plans to penalize mobile application developers and the companies behind apps that infringe on mobile device users' privacy, if they do not make changes.