Federal Mobility Strategy begins with public dialogue

Thursday - 1/12/2012, 7:43am EST

"The mobile revolution is upon us."

So says Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel, who launched the beginning of a federal mobile strategy at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, this week.

Members of the public have until Friday, Jan. 20, to participate in the National Dialogue on Federal Mobility Strategy by submitting their ideas through a citizen-engagement platform.

VanRoekel called for the dialogue as a way to develop a mobile strategy for the federal government.

"To fundamentally change the way we do things in government, we need to seize on this mobile opportunity both in how we serve the public and in how government employees work," he wrote on the Office of Management and Budget blog.

The goals of the dialogue are to improve the delivery of government information and services; engage members of the public in their government; cut costs of government operations; and improve federal workforce productivity.

Topics addressed by the dialogue include finding ways to incorporate mobility in government services; creating a foundation to provide mobility services across the government; and establishing governance for federal mobility.

"Within a year, I expect the government to change the way we work — to start embracing mobility-enabling technology across the federal workforce in a coordinated way, and to start working on plans to deliver mobile-accessible content and services to the American people," VanRoekel wrote.

The dialogue is open to the general public. Citizens can submit ideas or browse through and comment on ideas submitted by other citizens on the Federal Mobility Strategy website forum.

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