The CIO Council has created the Federal Mobility Group, a federal community of practice to address issues involving mobile devices that are common across agencies. It takes over the work two previous groups—one created by the council in 2013 to address mobile security requirements and the other formed by OMB in 2016 to improve acquisition and management of mobile devices and services.
Consolidating the two “positions the team to respond to the evolving definition and emerging technologies that comprise the mobility landscape. The FMG provides a singular conduit for the federal mobile community, whose purpose is to share information and identify cross-agency needs for mobile policy, guidance and best practices, acquisition of mobile devices and services, and operational requirements for federal mobility programs,” an announcement said.
It is co-chaired by mobile leaders from DHS, GSA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology and includes three at-large agency representatives. It reports to the CIO Council.
The group’s initial tasks will include streamlining the inventory data call spend surveys, accelerating the inclusion of mobile into the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program, and providing an implementer’s perspective for development and updating of NIST standards and guidance for secure mobility.