Ideas for the Mobility Strategy

Update/develop government-wide mobility policies

Develop government-wide (vs agency-specific) policies, guidance, metrics, and tools to support and accelerate mobility adoption (one privacy policy, one accessibility policy, etc.).


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    I feel setting an uniform base requirement, with agency level options to extend or enhance policies, might offer valuable flexibility. Metrics and tools might also need customization to fit particular needs of agencies' individual missions.

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      Gwynne Kostin
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      I like that layered approach. The highest level--government wide--should be the broadest guidance/requirements. The next level--department/agency--should be agency-specific policy guidance. There is terrific work, innovative and practical, being done on the bureau/office levels. The closer offices get to delivering to stakeholders, the more they see what mobile can do. We need to make the lightest policy required to meet legal and mission goals and to protect the bottom up innovation.

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    I think this would help make things more consistent and more cutting edge, especially, if as Gwynne states innovation can happen anywhere and we don't want to hamper innovation that happens at the agency level. In communications, we want the innovation to map to our communication objectives which map to the agency or even division/branch level.

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    This one is so critical it doesn't feel like it should need to be voted into the top category. A layered approach is easy to say but somewhat harder in practices (or rather the layers make it too easy to ignore the majority and limit progress).

    I like Ann's quote of Gwynne "Innovation happens everywhere and we don't want to hamper it [because we didn't have the foresight to include that area in our initial layers]" (obviously the addition is mine).

    I'd ask "why not make everyone mobile" -- Why spend the cost on landlines, why grant mobility only to a privileged elite? I'd suspect it's probably as cheap to give someone a $35 / month phone than the cost of landlines...

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    Yes, let's quit repeating both mistakes and successes, in terms of duplicatiing efforts. We need one policy for this - with individual variations by agency as needed.

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    Yes, and it should begin with an inventory of requirements agencies are obligated to uphold with such a program. If the strategy does not account for a bare minimum of legal requirements, it will fail because agencies will have to weigh the benefits of participation against the risk of not meeting their legal obligations. A national strategy is not a get out of jail free card. Agencies will still have their existing legal obligations. They must lead the discussion.