The Defense Department is taking broad steps to revamp its mobile workforce policies. The agency is increasing resources for the mobility arm of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and is committed to figuring out how mobile technology can take its efforts to the next level. This development, along with more information illuminating the changing role of mobile technology in government is outlined in a recent Fed Tech article.
With so many people working primarily in the field, the Defense Department is in many ways, a perfect candidate for mobile overhaul.
John Hickey, program manager for mobility at the DISA, stands behind the idea that "as we shift to a more mobile workforce, just about everyone will be mobile, regardless of rank, role or mission." While arming soldiers in combat with better mobile technology is certainly part of the plan, the idea extends beyond the battlefield. Hickey intends to have all employees, including those stateside, working on tablets and smartphones to support the organization. John Hale, DISA's chief of enterprise applications, explains that for these employees stateside, his organization is also focused on promoting telework and expanding mobility range to as many employees as possible.
The Fed Tech article also goes into the mobile practices of other federal agencies, such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which currently supports over 3500 mobile workers in 280 locations.
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