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CIO's discuss the future at Federal Mobile Computing Summit

January 24, 2013 | Mobile

The third annual Federal Mobile Computing Summit was held today at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. For the second year in a row, MicroPact was a sponsor of the event.  The agenda covered a myriad of topics including BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), MDM Security and mobile API’s in use across the federal government. In his welcome address, Dr. Rick Holgate, CIO, ATF explained that while the summit had originally been held annually, the pace of innovation and growth in the sector led to the decision to hold this event just six months after the most recent summit. He went on to say that the way that the federal government is dealing with the challenge of adopting mobile computing is through inter-agency collaboration, which is the reason that the majority of sessions would be conducted as panels. In these times of partisanship and polarization, it’s encouraging to hear about agencies working together to tackle a monumental challenge like the adoption of mobile technologies.

Holgate stayed on stage to join three other CIO’s in the first panel, including:

  • Lisa Schlosser, Federal Deputy CIO
  • Dave Peters, Assistant Deputy CIO for Development Management at Department of Veterans Affairs;
  • Margie Graves, Deputy CIO, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Some of the key themes addressed by the panel included:

  • Innovation and cost savings through inter-agency collaboration
  • Guidance through the Digital Government Strategy and the Mobile Security Reference Architecture
  • Setting up Innovation Centers within agencies and across the federal government for quality, security, and cost controls when developing applications
  • Platform independence to not only improve interoperability and mobility but to avoid any technology, vendor, or device “lock-in”
  • Creating efficiency and effectiveness to serve the mission and constituents
  • Using commonalities between agencies to leverage collective buying power
  • Creating standards of security through both NIST and FedRAMP
  • Government-wide mobile application development

The panelists did a great job thoughtfully covering such a wide variety of topics, and often recognized other agencies for their hard work. At least with regard to adoption of mobile computing across the federal government, collaboration is alive and well in Washington, DC.