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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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Expand the Availablity of "Wi-Fi"

There have been suggestions on the adoption of “bring your own” (BYO) mobile device to work. For this approach to be more effectively pursued - expand the use of Wi-Fi (with appropriate security protocols) within the federal sector. All employees may have mobile devices they would like to bring and use in the workplace however they face limitations if their device is not directly internet capable via the cellular network,... more »

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User Based Mobile App Pilots

• Develop “Pilots” with small groups in multiple locations and agencies (size & number to be determined) • Development teams of Users and App Developers (commercial and from within agencies) • Where current commercial applications can be used – adopt • Where current applications are close but do not address specific requirements – adapt when possible and redeploy with linkage to original base application • Develop base... more »

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Information Management Infrastructure as a Policy Solution

Create an (or utilize an existing) information management infrastructure for mobile technology that tags information collected or maintained. The tags could be used to determine sensitive information (PII, PHI, classified info, etc.), how long and where that information should be maintained, as well as facilitate retrieval for FOIA or E-Discovery purposes. Such tagging could also facilitate BYOD, assuming the tagging... more »

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Make Govt. Mobile Apps Easy for Elderly and Disabled

Please keep these users in mind, when designing for Mobile apps/sites:

Blind

Low-vision

Mobility-Impaired (limited or no use of hands)

Deaf

Elderly

Low-Literacy

Each have unique needs when using Mobile apps/sites.

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Mobile Means New Systems Of Engagement -- What's That Strategy?

Mobile's just the pretty face on a complete rethink about how information & services are delivered to citizens, employees, and partners. Everything -- everything -- is affected by these tiny apps because they are in your pocket. Mobile is not just about apps & devices; it's about new systems of engagement. As new companies like Pandora, Twitter, and TripIt have learned, mobile needs cloud or cloud-connect for delivery;... more »

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Distinguish between Mobile-Only vs Platform Neutral

A distinction should be made between applications whose intended use are considered mobile-only vs applications that are considered platform-neutral (mobile,tablet,desktop). Guidance can be established (guidelines, best practices,...) for analyzing mobile compatibility requirements for new applications. If a web application is determined to be platform neutral whereby the user expects to use it from any web enabled... more »

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Mulitmedia on Smart PHones

One thing that seems to be getting overlooked is the accessibility to multimedia when viewed on mobile platforms. Captioning and Audio-description, IF provided, aren't necessarily accessible (or available?) on EIT/ICT such as smart phones. The ability to select captions and audio-description needs to be kept in mind as the government jumps on this bandwagon, as it neglected when it jumped on the social media (e.g.,... more »

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Ensure Data Accuracy

SLAs with mobility providers should ensure that cloud-stored user data and device-stored user data is always in sync with minimal user fiddling. This can be challenging technically with all the OSes and devices out there. Mismatched information could impede mobile productivity and increase help-desk calls.

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Bring Your Own Device Policy (BYOD)

A successful mobility strategy must address both people and technological challenges and be integrated into the agency business strategy to ensure the desired outcomes are achieved. Employees, particularly those in civilian agencies will expect their devices at work and at home to have the same functionality and for these devices to be interchangeable and transferrable. Agencies, in this funding challenged environment,... more »

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Federal Workforce Competencies

Advanced mobility paves the way for significant benefits to the federal government including increases in productivity, environmental sustainability, and employee inclusion and satisfaction. Organizational and cultural barriers are the key obstacles to broader acceptance of workforce mobility in the federal government, not technological challenges. In order to realize the benefits of mobility, CHCO’s and senior leaders... more »

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Decouple Content and Delivery Mechanism

The Federal Government has a broad constituency with a wide range of prefernces on how it interacts with the Government - every thing from postal mail to social media. It is the Federal Government mission (and some might say, responsibility) to deliver constient quality of information to all constituents, regardless of their preferred communciations method. The only way to do this is to decouple content from delivery... more »

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Device agnostic mobile security

Develop a mobile solution that provides the appropriate level of security, regardless of the device policy or controls (or lack thereof) applied to the user's device. The idea goes beyond just securing whatever solution you end up selecting - instead, identify the security requirements up front and Integrate security requirements and capabilities (sandbox, virtualization, TPM, strong auth, etc) from the beginning, with... more »

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