Government should foster secure, NIST compliant, collaboration and crowdsourcing technologies within and across government agencies to make information sharing more efficient and effective. A variety of information is collected across agencies, and agency-specific security limitations inhibit information transfer. Creating one collaboration platform accessible across agencies will increase speed of communication and information... more »
Everyone—specifically everyone with an internet-enabled device—is a sensor. All of these individuals have the capability to report events in real-time. As federal budgets are slashed, the Federal Mobility Strategy can incorporate the use of free, publically available information to uncover first-hand situation reports. Constant flow of geo-tagged information and images provides government the opportunity to collaborate... more »
Government enterprise-wide mobile strategy cannot be limited to simply purchasing mobile devices. Agencies and departments need to recognize the need to establish short- and long-term plans and strategies for mobile deployment and mobile application development. Without a strategy for effectively using mobile in the federal space, mobile application and device deployment will be inefficient and costly.
Develop a platform that will allow citizens to consume government services.
The platform should support:
* Service Aggregation, Discovery & Distribution
* Allow citizens to provide feedback on a service
* Host Data Dictionaries & API across agencies to allow small biz, citizens to develop apps (spark innovation)
* Provide Governance & Policy to manage the citizen engagement
Create a federal mobility platform that includes the following: Components - mobile app development tool - mobile app library - central cloud storage - client component providing security and app shell - security/user management, common capability but replicated for each user agency Capabilities - user agencies can modify apps from library or create their own in a short period of time. Inspections, ticketing, inventory,... more »
Since each agencies have web content that is being used on day-to-day basis, extending the web content to Mobile approach helps to easily adopt mobile strategy for any agency. Based on the Page-Views of the Web-Content it will be easy to prioritize the content portability to mobile.
It strikes me that the USG has been incentivized by legislation (Telework Enhancement Act), innovation (plethora of mobile devices on the market), and sustainability (hoteling versus offices) to embrace mobility.
I propose senior executives take part in the mobility movement to prove it works.
a contrarian POV: Desktop, PDA, laptop, smartphone, iPad, eyeglasses, brain implants, dial-up, Ethernet, WiFi, 4G, whatever... its all just a computer that becoming faster, more powerful, and more connected. Its all the same! We didn't have a Federal Dial-up Strategy, why do we need a Federal Mobility Strategy? The implementation of a FMS will prevent the end result sought - to make us more mobile. We cannot "take... more »
End nodes (mobile devices in this case) are by far easier to penetrate than big, federal networks/clouds and are used in both risky and trusted areas (thus the End Node Problem). AFRL is developing (and will soon deploy) a authentication testbed any federal agency may use to evaluate (mobile) devices while accessing Google Apps for Government. Recommend the FMS include support for R&D of security since most commercial... more »
Begin with a focus for updating guidance (e.g. FIPS-201, NIST SP800-53) to call out for the use of strong authentication credentials (PIV, PIV-I, CAC) with mobile devices. Yes, the idea of attaching an additional device/sled to a mobile device in order to swipe,store, or scan your PIV/CAC card sounds cumbersome. But there is no reason why mobile devices can't be tapped to enable technologies such as cert-cloning/biometrics... more »
Short codes are great, but they are only available from a monopoly, and are expensive. Government gets a very small discount.
Long Codes are a viable alternative in some circumstances and are very inexpensive because of competition.
For government use of text messaging, consider using which is best for specific need. www.uslongnumbers.com
When the benefits of mobile working, flexiplace, etc. are offered before any discussion of releasing exclusive claims to a specific desk, the release of space is an uphill battle.
For smaller agencies, develop and offer plug and play solutions/shared services rather than standards and policies that will require procurement, development, management and infrastructure.
Going mobile is an excellent opportunity for agencies to revisit their commitments to accessibility for people with disabilities. There is a great deal of synergy between best practices for mobile and the Section 508 / WCAG 2.0 standards.
Develop a policy for use of personal PDAs. This includes security requirements to prevent data exchange and encription.