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.
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.
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.
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.
CIO Sandy Peavy said the agency already launched a pilot using iPad and is using avatars to help trainees. July 7, 2011
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
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 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.
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.
Host John Gilroy will talk cloud computing, health IT, and mobile technology with Tracey Graves-Stevens, President and CEO of Innoviss. November 15, 2011