Federal Mobile Computing Summit Media Coverage

August 12, 2015 | Ronald Reagan Building | Washington, DC

The ATARC Federal Mobile Computing Summit was held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Below is media coverage of the event:

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is adding a new “broker” concept to the federal lingo.

NGA is moving to a commercial-like business model for mobile applications. The intelligence agency in May launched its Innovative GEOINT Application Provider Program (IGAPP) and hired Engility under a four-year, $25 million contract to act as the trusted broker for mobile application development and approval.

Shana Simmons, a GEOINT Integration Capabilities Officer with NGA, said the goal is to create a one-stop shop for all geospatial intelligence applications under IGAPP.

“Engility provides three main services for us as an agency. The first one is marketing so they market what NGA customer set looks like. They are marketing to academia, small businesses and large corporations and they’re forging relationships with those groups so vendors build applications for the government,” Simmons said recently at the ATARC Federal Mobile Computing Summit in Washington. (Full Story)

The Defense Department’s program to let employees use smartphones on the secret network is becoming more popular than ever imagined. After moving from the pilot to the full production stage in June, the Defense Mobile Classified Capability — Secret (DMCC-S) is in demand not just in the military, but across the government.

In DoD, about 750 users are taking advantage of the DMCC-S program, said Kim Rice, DISA’s mobility portfolio manager. She said that number is growing monthly.

Rice, who spoke last week at the ATARC Federal Mobile Computing Summit, said DISA also recently rolled out the first mobile device management capability on the secret network. (Full Story)fcw
What’s a smartphone without apps to run on it?

A phone.

And app vetting and federal app marketplaces garnered a lot more attention than the devices that power them during discussions at the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center’s (ATARC) Mobile Computing Summit on Aug. 12. (Full Story)
The Defense Department’s much-anticipated capability solution to access classified voice and email up to the secret level from mobile devices finally migrated from the pilot stage and now is operational within the department and several federal agencies, says Kimberly Rice, program manger for the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA’s) Mobility Program Management Office.

The Defense Mobile Classified Capability–Secret (DMCC-S) is DISA’s first enterprise solution that gives authorized users access to the classified side of the network via smartphones. “It offers the first substantiation of a mobile device management capability on the secret side, and it is the first introduction of a new commercial device that did not require a build-from-scratch type of device,” Rice remarked at a federal mobile computing summit hosted by the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center. (Full Story)

Users are flocking to mobile devices over desktops and federal agencies are working to make the transition with their apps, as well.

For agencies with limited resources (read: all agencies), testing mobile sites and apps can be low on the priority list. To help, the DigitalGov team created the CrowdSource Mobile Testing program made up of federal employees willing to test run apps on a variety of devices and operating systems. (Full Story)