Tom Suder

In an important move aimed at advancing the Defense Department’s use of commercially-available mobile devices and services, the Defense Information System Agency announced it is seeking proposals to provide the U.S. Military with mobile device management capabilities and a dedicated mobile application store.

The announcement took the form of a request for proposals (RFP) posted to the federal government procurement website, FedBizOpps.gov. Keep reading →

While iPhone aficionados may have to wait three to four more weeks to get their hands on the new iPhone 5, Apple officially released it latest mobile operating system, iOS 6, today. And that meant federal IT executives had yet another new mobile issue to contend with as they began in earnest to evaluate how the new operating system, which boasts 200 enhancements, might impact the growing use of Apple devices across the federal government.

“I think it’s safe to say that these continually improving and expanding features are a key reason why government workers find consumer mobile devices in general – and iOS devices in particular – so compelling for use in accomplishing their missions,” said Dr. Rick Holgate, assistant director for science and technology and chief information officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). Keep reading →

One-third of federal executives involved with mobile technology say their agencies are now “walking” or “running” with mobile technology. But a number of barriers remain. And while government managers believe mobile technology can contribute significantly toward improved productivity and savings, the need to invest in new and more modern business processes remains critical to realizing the full potential of mobile technology in government.

That’s according to a new government-wide research study released today by Breaking Gov and presented during a one hour Breaking Gov webcast today, that began at 11:00 a.m. and will be available for viewing on demand. Keep reading →

The much-anticipated Digital Government Strategy was released as a presidential memo on May 23.

It was worth the wait and certainly didn’t disappoint, delivering strong ideas and including many self-imposed deadlines. Keep reading →

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel today announced a new set of initiatives to spur broader adoption of mobile technology for the federal government, calling 2012 “the year of mobile government.”

Speaking at a government conference held at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, VanRoekel described a new 2012 “Roadmap for Federal Mobility” that would put an emphasis on governance, sharing technologies wherever possible, and collaborating with the private sector to accelerate adoption. Keep reading →

You are the CIO of a Federal agency. The year is 2012 and your agency is about to transition to smartphones and smartpads. You have planned the launch meticulously. All known system, security, cultural and legal issues have been addressed. The tablets and phones have been issued and you have given the order to “go mobile!”

Within minutes the telephone calls (irony!) start coming in: Keep reading →

Twenty-five individuals working inside federal agencies, or for organizations supporting agencies, have been named as this year’s Rising Stars for making a substantive mark in the government IT community.

The awards for up-and-coming employees to watch in the public and private sector were announced by the editors at Federal Computer Week, and its affiliates, Government Computer News (GCN) and Washington Technology. Keep reading →

Like most everyone this past week, I was surprised, (although not shocked) when Steven VanRoekel was appointed as the new Federal CIO.

Vivek Kundra’s legacy(technically, he still is in office for a few more days) will be “Cloud First”, the “Open Government Initiative” and the proponent of “common APIs” such those used in data.gov. Keep reading →