FirstNet facing commercial device reality, but market and security concerns persist

The vast majority of the nation’s two million emergency responders would like to use their personal mobile device on the planned nationwide public safety broadband network, known as FirstNet. But significant questions remain about the ability of commercial device manufacturers to support the network and what those devices would mean for security.

Congress.gov moves out of beta, adds new features

More than two years after the Library of Congress’ clearinghouse for all things U.S. federal legislative information launched, Congress.gov is finally moving out of its beta stage.

BlackBerry Passport’s security, functionality features could appeal to feds

For government usage, the BlackBerry Passport and the 10.3 operating system might be the right balance of functionality and security.

Postal Service strives to innovate despite 4th straight Treasury default

The United States Postal Service will default on a more than $5.5 billion prefunding payment to the U.S. Treasury, according to the agency’s chief financial officer.

Mobile users frequently sacrifice security for increased productivity

More than a third of federal workers within the next year will use mobile devices exclusively to complete their daily work and many acknowledge their organizations frequently sacrifice security for the productivity enhancements that mobility provides, according to a new survey from the Ponemon Institute.

3 innovative ways agencies are leveraging mobile apps

From geo-coded big data to finding HIV care and leveraging Google Glass to inspect GSA’s buildings, mobile apps are changing the face of government forever.

NOAA’s Daniel McCrae on moving mobility plans past the hardware

McCrae, who manages a mobility system for NOAA, said mission focus should be the ultimate guideline for developing an agency’s mobility plan.

LTC Bobby Saxon discusses the Army’s use of emerging technologies

LTC Bobby Saxon, division chief and program director for G-3/5/7 of the U.S. Army, discusses how his branch is using emerging technology to lower costs.

Feds, industry brainstorm future of government efficiency

Government and industry IT leaders gathered Thursday at FedScoop’s Sixth Annual Lowering the Cost of Government With IT Summit to brainstorm ways agencies can leverage emerging technologies to create a more cost-effective and smarter government.

Feds working to overcome challenges, early failures in public-facing mobile apps

As agencies continually release public-facing mobile apps to better serve American citizens, the directors and strategists behind their creation are the first to admit there is room for improvement.

Mobility leaders say mobile-hesitant leadership is hindering federal recruitment

A recent study from the Mobile Work Exchange reported potential governmentwide savings of $60 million in work continuity during disruptive weather and $15.1 billion per year in real estate reduction, both of which come from implementing a more robust telework and mobility policy. But for some trail blazers making federal government more mobile, the biggest concern isn’t the money but instead losing out to the competition in attracting a talented workforce for the future.

The future looks ‘foggy’ for cloud computing

You should familiarize yourself with “fog computing,” “cloudlets” and “cyberforaging.” The future of the cloud is coming.

Symantec Canada reveals the dark side of mobile

A bold mobile security experiment carried out recently by Symantec Canada found that good Samaritans aren’t just nice people — they’re intrusively curious too.

FCC’s Clyburn: Spectrum auction isn’t ‘a train wreck’

The FCC’s upcoming spectrum auction in 2015 is “absolutely not a train wreck,” according to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

U.S., U.K. slip in global e-government rankings

The U.S. and United Kingdom are losing ground to Australia, Singapore, Japan and others as electronic government innovators, according to a new United Nations report. The Republic of Korea, meanwhile, retained the top spot for the third time in a row as the world’s most advanced nation in delivering government services electronically.

FBI requests 26,500 licenses for Samsung Knox 2.0 software

The FBI order requests 26,500 licenses for Samsung Knox 2.0, the latest in the company’s line of enterprise mobile security solutions, which allow users to seamlessly switch from personal to work modes without a reboot. Samsung announced the software update in May at the Mobile World Conference to be used on the Galaxy S5, though it is operable on older devices.

Census Bureau prepares for 2020

The Census Bureau is planning to use new, high-tech methods for collecting data from respondents on the ground during the 2020 census.

$1.6 billion later, federal mobility has room to improve

Mobile Work Exchange released its “Mobility Progress Report” Monday, grading the federal government’s returns on mobile and telework investments. It found that though the U.S. has invested $1.6 billion governmentwide to give workers access to information anywhere and anytime, 77 percent of IT managers said their agencies scored either a “B” or “C” in progress toward the goals set by the Digital Government Strategy. Only 11 percent gave their agency an “A,” and 3 percent gave an “F.”

VMware’s Tommy Walker on government IT mobility

Tommy Walker, end use computing evangelist at VMware, discusses with FedScoopTV the increasing mobility of the federal government.

Preparedenss goes mobile as hurricane season begins

Discussion of mobile applications and preparedness dominated President Barack Obama’s briefing Friday on disaster preparedness with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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