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Tell Us: Your Thoughts on a Bring Your Own Device Policy

October 2, 2012 - 12:25pm

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The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) effort will focus on how personally owned devices could be used for government work.

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) effort will focus on how personally owned devices could be used for government work.

In May, the Administration unveiled its Digital Government Strategy, intended to “build a 21st century digital Government that delivers better digital services to the American people.” This vision recognizes that Americans are increasingly mobile, connected and comfortable with new ways of communicating, working and shopping, -- in short, living -- in “cyberspace,” and government services must serve them anywhere, anytime, on any device.

At the Energy Department, we have initiated a historic transformation that will not only change the way we serve citizens, but also how we work -- empowering us to do our jobs in a next-generation workspace, workplace and workforce. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) effort across the federal government is one example of this transformative approach.

BYOD is one of the hottest topics in the government IT community because it offers new and exciting capabilities to the users, vendors and benefactors that receive services. BYOD policies and practices determine how and to what extent personally owned devices may be used for government work. One of the most exciting benefits of BYOD is its potential to simplify and transform our lives -- from possessing fewer devices, to avoiding compatibility issues, to experiencing less downtime because of updates -- all of which will allow us to focus more on our mission in service to the American people.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a BYOD Toolkit for use by Federal agencies that are developing BYOD policies and practices, and since May, I have been leading a Department-wide collaborative effort to develop a DOE BYOD Toolkit that is both consistent with OMB’s Toolkit and is reflective of our unique operating environments. 

The Energy Department’s BYOD Toolkit will provide a wealth of information that can be used across both our Federal and contractor communities for tailored policies and practices based upon respective missions and consistent with our Enterprise Risk Management strategy. Most importantly the approach recognizes that a one-size-fits-all policy will not work across Department’s diverse enterprise.

As with any successful endeavor, the contributions and feedback of the entire Department’s stakeholder community -- headquarters personnel, site personnel and scientists at our National Labs -- are all instrumental and will be sought after and incorporated as we seek to be a pioneering entity, embracing the digital movement and carrying out our mission more efficiently and effectively. As such, I welcome your input on sharing best practices.

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