Government agencies want more guidance on how to safely and smartly adopt new mobile technology programs, such as bring-your-own-device plans.
According to the report from the Federal CIO Council, without more central guidance on security, policy and legal considerations, agencies adopting BYOD policies, building internal app stores and launching other mobile projects may waste money and take on unnecessary risks.
Recommendations for officials:
- Develop more complex standards for how government information should be handled on smartphones and tablets.
- Create a government wide team to evaluate the legal, technical and privacy implications of federal employees using non-government provided mobile devices.
- Create either agency-wide or government wide guidance for procuring mobile devices.
- Continue working on guidance to ensure government information is sufficiently encrypted on mobile devices and that the people using those devices are sufficiently authenticated.
OMB and the CIO Council will work toward fulfilling some of these recommendations in the coming months, the report said.
The report is part of the federal digital strategy released by U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel in May. In addition to making mobile adoption more flexible, that document advocated helping agencies buy mobile technology in a cheaper and more efficient way and making more information available to the public online and on mobile devices.
The study was partly based on interviews with technology and procurement officials across government.