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Will Mobility Define 2013? Interior Department CIO Bernie Mazer says Yes!

Today, technology is a critical component to transform and modernize government to truly create a 21st century government. For our year-end report, the GovLoop team set out to explore what technology trends shaped 2012 to help agencies meet organizational goals. The report also includes best practices, case studies, and identifies which trends will shape government technology in 2013. This post will highlight one of those core trends, cloud computing.

Story Highlights

  • GovLoop Releases New Report on government technology in 2012
  • Report includes interviews with government thought leaders, insights from 250 GovLoop members, case studies and best practices
  • This story reviews mobility as a core trend for government in 2012

The report below includes a survey from 250 members of the GovLoop community, and interviews with Bernie Mauzer, Chief Information Officer, Department of the Interior, Jim Ropelewski, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Education, Linda Cureton, Chief Information Officer, NASA and Malcolm Jackson, Chief Information Officer, Environmental Protection Agency. Be sure to check out the entire report below and related resources on the guide landing page.

Expert Insights: Bernard Mazer, CIO, Department of the Interior

Technologist Profile:

Bernard Mazer was selected as the Department of the Interior Chief Information Officer (CIO), assuming oversight responsibility for the Department’s estimated $1 billion information technology (IT) portfolio. The Interior Department with an annual $15.8 billion budget is considered a large, decentralized Cabinet agency with over 67,000 employees and 236,000 volunteers located in approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and Native American Lands.

Chris Dorobek sat down with Mr. Mazer where he said 2013 will be the year of mobility.

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Into the Cloud In 2012

“This year we moved our email to the cloud. And cloud will just continue to expand. We are also looking at adding applications to the cloud. And with the Digital Government Strategy the role of cloud as cost savings will continue to grow.”

Mobile Will Define 2013

Mobile will define 2013. As part of the Digital Government Strategy government as a whole is trying to reduce the number of workstations. And at the Department of Interior our people work outside. We have biologists and geologist and park rangers who are in the field. We want to have the ability that they can take their devices with corresponding capabilities with then and have content and data access.”


“We are also actively courting the use of consumer devices into our world. We will have tablets and smartphones within our department, those devices are subject to security constraints and life cycle management. We are also looking at BYOD and how we can protect the federal database and individual private space.

Biggest Challenge: Security

“We are concerned about the legal and security ramifications of BYOD and mobility. We are presently issuing a directive where we are looking at these concerns. We are actively examining how we can put access apps on a person’s individual device. We are also looking at native clients and how we put those on an individual’s device.

The GovLoop Guide: Government Technology Year in Review

Agile Government Cloud Technology Turning Data into Power Expansion of Mobility Social Government

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