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Consolidate and Align all IT Investments to Major Business Lines

Right Now the IT Dashboard shows thousands of IT systems and portfolios (plus 6000?). If all IT systems and investments were better aligned with major govt business lines and number of portfolios reduced to less than 500 then much better chance of applying program management and migrating to mobile and other innovative technologies strategically and cost effectively. Bottom line: the IT investment portfolio is too complex... more »

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Software Management and Acquisition

There is a great need to establish a standardization of processes for evaluating Government Contracts and the use of Software contained in the contracts. Specific guidelines need to be established for Shareware, freeware, source code, monitoring and control, testing, configuration management and Quality at Government contract sites. There is too much variation and unknown content in source code that is causing sustainment... more »

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Common Services for mobile application development

In order for there to be sharing and effective leverage of gov't services and information via mobile devices, there must be a set of common services to access that information. Develop and publish either a UDDI or a repository of WSDL interfaces so that developers can easily reuse reliable authenticated information in their devices. Federal information is available, but is disorganized. Perhaps services to leverage... more »

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Standardize Mobility on 1 Platform

I work for a company that allows their employees to bring in their own phones, issue is no support and no security. IT is rarely thought of and there is no training on mobile phones for IT to train up on and if they do find training, then you must pay them correctly. Then the employees, are "normally" , lack the knowledge of the phone and opens alot of security holes.
Biggest issues we have are, the phones locking the... more »

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Mobile payments app directly from United States Treasury

The primary function of the United States Treasury is to supply the public a service called "money". In its current form, the only way the public may use this service in any practical way is if they simultaneously choose to do business with finance companies known as "banks". According to United States Code, Chapter 12, Section 17, Subsection 1841 (c), banks have been legally granted a business model that allows them... more »

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Leverage Consumer focused platforms, techniques, and tools

Leverage the collective experience of the consumer market and the demand for high quality tooks and frameworks to build solutions rapidly, with large scale and users experience in mind first. For example consider a Goverment App Market Place for internal and external applications. Use tools like PhoneGap and other cross platform technologies.

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Allow Feds to play in the space for one!

Security personnel (ISSO) in the federal government are preventing federal employees from trying the different platforms or developing for the different platforms by preventing the purchase of certain devices over others. Security concerns are valid but they should not hinder innovation. Apple and Blackberry are the only supported devices where I work so we cannot play in the Android space for instance. So my idea... more »

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Make Mobility an official OMB Line of Business (LOB)

Following suit with how the other official Lines of Businesses operate, make Mobility Shared Service Centers that truly become experts in acquiring, managing, deploying, repairing, etc mobile technology. These shared service centers could aggregate volume of purchasing to get better pricing, and could "field" this technology in support of their peer agencies.

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Focus on Publishing APIS and Web Services!

Consider publishing Web services and APIs before developing apps internally. Agencies can look to DOL and FCC for examples of trying to reduce the barriers for private-sector developers. Mobile is one platform, but making the data understandable and accessible still remains a challenge.

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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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Must include Security at the Core of this Dialogue

Even in early draft form, a document like this that has the power to transform Government must address security at a fundamental level. If security is left to be bolted on by individual agency procurements, we'll end up increasing risks and costs.

There should be some high level direction that the introduction of mobile must not increase the risks, and that a common set of standards (not products) across broad groups... more »

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