The White House Monday invited the public to chime in with ideas on how to make federal websites and information technology more accessible to people with disabilities. And consultant Jim Tobias has already offered a few ideas.
Federal employees are buying and expressing demand for mobile devices – maybe even faster than agencies can supply them. Two former administrators in the Office of E-Government & Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget, Karen Evans and Mark Forman, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the mobile push in government, especially as OMB has recently broadened the focus.
For about the last 10 years, one could sum up the Army’s mobile strategy with one word: Blackberry.The handheld devices made by Research in Motion have been the only broadly-deployed pieces of hardware that met the Defense Department’s security requirements, such as encryption that fits the federal security standard known as FIPS 140-2, enterprise device management and integration with the military’s Common Access Card, letting users sign and encrypt email.
While preparing for another busy summer season at the nation’s nearly 400 national parks, the National Park Service is also revising and reevaluating how it manages its scientific data and how it uses media to communicate with visitors.
Obama administration officials have given agencies some thoughts on avoiding unnecessary regulations. A new directive from the Office of Management and Budget seeks to encourage agencies to consider the cumulative effects of new rules on agencies. Rules that each do something good can be, when added together, burdensome or conflicting, Cass Sunstein, administrator of OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, wrote on the OMBlog March 20.
With all the talk about duplication, consolidation and reorganization, Wednesday’s Senate hearing could have been a planning session for a movement of small-government zealots. In a way, it was. Participants on all sides of the issue at the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee session supported cutting government. How to get there is the issue.