The Army soon will allow uniformed and civilian employees to gain access to classified and sensitive information via their electronic devices. C4ISRNet.com reported June 22 that the service expects to have a plan in place to bring on 500 users within the next 30 days. In time, some 2,000 users would have access to classified and sensitive materials.
Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett, commander of the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command, told C4ISRNet that the move is being made in anticipation of a possible new and stronger wave of COVID-19 related illnesses, which would require employees to continue working from home when possible.
The effort follows a similar one adopted in April by the Air Force, which granted access to unclassified information to thousands of users. The Army now has roughly 800,000 employees who are teleworking, C4ISRNet reported.