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Collaboration: the next-generation of information sharing

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 »

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The power of crowds

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 »

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Apps are easy… enterprise strategy, not so much

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.

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govTunes

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

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Mobile Platform as a Service

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 »

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Practice what we preach

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.

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Mobility - Smoobility. We're just killin' ourselves here.

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 »

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Eval security on Air Force Research Lab's end node testbed

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 »

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Encourage Apps

I've seen some talk in the press that the Federal CIO doesn't specifically think the Gov should be building apps.

 

However, I believe that it's critical for Gov to build apps, even just initially. Make the source free, get a nonprofit to own it later but apps and workflow will be two powerful tools for leveraging mobility for the Federal workforce.

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Mandate Mobility

While the current EA process does not yield the correct level of data it should be possible to have every agency report what it spends on plain-old telephone systems (POTS).

 

I suspect it would then be easy to do a cost analysis as to whether _all_ employees can go mobile, vs. allowing this to tricle out.

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A Preferred Mobile Device Quality Management program?

In view of the recently released DoD Mobile Device Management (MDM) procurement standards (which I believe is being used to encourage discussion for a national MDM solution),healthcare mobile computing quality challenges communicated by the DHHS & Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society last December (many concerns regarding data protection, privacy, security & growing acceptance of BYOD),it's apparent that ...more »

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Standardize Baseline of Mobility Tracking Metrics

Examples include:

1. Cost per mobile unit for an agency---leveraging volume and smarter acquisition approaches should demonstrate strong savings and cost avoidance.

 

2. Cost per MB equivalent---Smarter acquisition and improved management of mobile assets should drive significant cost avoidance as usage increased and mobile data applications increase.

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Consider Responsive Web Design

Consider updating federal websites to incorporate responsive web design. It allows the arrangement of your content to change to fit the browser screen. Imagine a seamless user experience across federal websites and across a wide range of platforms. With responsive web design you get the same content on a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone and it is displayed in a way that best suits the device you are using. This ...more »

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Get the Data Right, Too

We also need to get the data right to reap the full benefits of mobile technology. This requires effective, forward-thinking inter-agency coordination on geospatial data to allow users to discover more information about places they visit with their mobiles. Users should be able to get apps that answer questions like: What watershed am I in? What is the soil type here? What are the demographics? What is the weather forecast ...more »

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