The National Security Agency gathers nearly 5 billion records daily of cellphone locations by tapping into cables that globally connect mobile networks, show new documents from Edward Snowden reported by the Washington Post.
The Homeland Security Department needs to modernize its land mobile radio networks and in March 2012 awarded a $3 billion departmentwide strategic sourcing contract to do so. But the department's inspector general says poor procurement or inventory management practices could cancel out any savings realized from strategic sourcing.
The Census Bureau is exploring new technology for the 2020 Census. By the time it begins collecting data it hopes the Internet will be the primary response option and it plans to use data the government already has to complete information for households that do not respond, said Census Bureau Director John Thompson. Still, field workers will be needed to go door-to-door, and that's where a bring your own device strategy may prove useful.
Teleworking federal employees could drive $14 billion per year in cost avoidance by eliminating real estate, absenteeism, turnover, transit subsidies and other expenses, says a Sept. 6 report (.pdf) from Global Workplace Analytics, an independent research and consulting firm.
Agencies increasingly use, or plan to use, the biometric data PIV cards to control access to agency networks, but the rise of mobile devices has put a crimp in that, since card readers may easily be integrated into desktops or laptops, but not smartphones or tablets.
"The Army has not yet tapped into the potential to use the NIE to gain insight into the effectiveness and performance of the overall tactical network," finds the Government Accountability Office in an Aug. 22 report. For example, some technology that tested poorly in the development stage was pushed through to operational testing with similarly poor results. Now, Army plans to buy and field the systems, says GAO.
Wireless networks are helping the Energy Department's Savannah River National Laboratory more accurately monitor radiation levels at nuclear facilities.
The Defense Information Systems Agency awarded a mobile device management and mobile application store firm fixed price contract to Bethesda, Md.-based Digital Management Inc. on June 27 with an initial award of $2.9 million and four, 6-month option periods costing up to almost $16 million, reports the agency.
Federal agencies should in the coming years leave behind their time division multiplexing networks in favor of ubiquitous Internet protocol, urged Frank Tiller, acting director of network services at the General Services Administration, who derided TDM as "older generation networking technology."
"We have implemented a governmentwide analytics program across federal websites that allow us to have a view--while respecting security and privacy of the people accessing it--a view of people as they move through the federal websites," said Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel.