Mobile computing

  • Feds prepare for explosion in mobile devices, apps

    Agencies are testing an assortment of smartphones and tablet computers to improve how their workforces meet their missions. But there still are questions about the security of these devices.

  • VA to get ruthless on redundant software

    Agency CIO Roger Baker said a new initiative will try to pare down the number of software packages employees use by 95 percent. The Ruthless Shutdown Project, is getting underway to address the proliferation of applications that is costing VA hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • Army to test, fix communications tech at home, not abroad

    The service wants to put certain software and hardware in a real-world environment to see how it would perform in conditions similar to those in combat. The process also will influence how the Army buys technology in the future.

  • VA sets Oct. 1 as smartphone approval day

    Agency CIO Roger Baker said he plans to let employees use mobile devices on the VA network starting in fiscal 2012. He’s leaning toward the bring-your-own-device approach, but details still need to be finalized. Baker said VA also will update its mobile computing policy.

  • FLETC looks to mobile tech for training

    CIO Sandy Peavy said the agency already launched a pilot using iPad and is using avatars to help trainees. July 7, 2011

  • DoJ’s Hitch looks back on a decade of IT changes

    Van Hitch will retire as the Justice Department’s CIO at the end of July. He said cybersecurity, information sharing and social media and mobile computing were among the biggest technology transformations he saw. July 21, 2011

  • VA to slow-roll use of smartphones, tablets on network

    Roger Baker, the Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer, said only about 1,000 users will have agency supplied devices that will be allowed to access VA systems. VA eventually wants to create an apps store where externally and internally developed software will be made available for doctors, nurses and other employees.

  • Federal CIO VanRoekel details his ‘first’ priorities

    Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants the government to move toward a share-first policy where agencies share IT before buying new. He also introduced his ”Future First” initiative to standardize technology development and adoption across the government. This was VanRoekel’s first major policy speech since taking over as CIO in August.

  • With improved cybersecurity, Los Alamos moves to cloud, wireless

    Tom Harper, the lab’s CIO, said the national laboratory created an infrastructure-on-demand platform for easy provisioning of cloud services. He said Los Alamos also introduced WiFi earlier this year for access to its unclassified network.

  • How innovation can help you do more with less

    Host John Gilroy will talk cloud computing, health IT, and mobile technology with Tracey Graves-Stevens, President and CEO of Innoviss. November 15, 2011