Ideas for the Mobility Strategy

Expand and Improve Policies

I LOVE the idea of the Mobility Strategy being lead by the Executive Office of the President and the U.S. General Services Administration. It's something I've wished we would do in government for a long time. I was excited when I heard about this dialogue and wanted to research the concepts before participating, so I googled it and saw an article by Information Week, in which our CIO Steven VanRoekel detailed the strategy. When I went to read said article, my government owned computer told me the site was blocked. A few months ago we released a widget, and while we had consulted with security and privacy folks throughout the process and they previously blessed the project twice, we were told by them we had to hold off our launch for them to investigate some privacy concerns. It took them an additional FOUR months to determine there were no privacy concerns and that we could launch the widget without any changes. While security and privacy policies are incredibly important they can sometimes be interpreted in ways that hamper innovation, decrease effectiveness and increase our costs without adding much value. My idea is to review old policies, procedures and rules and to create new polcies that help us get this work done in smart ways. Many of the policies we are using have not kept up with technology or are being interpreted in ways that are inconsistent across government. If we could review and make improvements to the policies we know don't work well--that could really impact the government's ability to release public facing mobile projects, purchase mobile devices before the new version hits the market, share more information and resources and evaluate our projects faster and in better ways. When we do major launches at my job, we do something usually employed in the military called an after action review. I propose we occassionally review our policies by asking people using them to develop innovative mobile projects to see what is working well, what is not working well and to identify lessons learned that can help us improve efficiency and save money.

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Idea No. 60