The White House has released an updated guidance for agencies on implementing “bring your own device” policies, Nextgov reports.
Brittany Ballendstedt writes that a working group used recent BYOD programs at other agencies to form this new BYOD guidance.
Goals of allowing employees to bring their own mobile devices into work include improved productivity, work-life balance and cost savings, the report said.
Telework Exchange general manager Cindy Auten said agencies should create a checklist to decide whether or not they will implement BYOD, according to the report.
Auten added BYOD could become the norm in many agencies as they continue to reduce IT budgets and pursue consolidation plans, the report said.
Although not mandatory, Ballendstedt reports the updated BYOD guidance is in line with the White House’s Digital Government Strategy, now three months old.
Agencies that are implementing BYOD include the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau implemented a virtual desktop for a BYOD solution, while the EEOC lets its employees opt out of the government-provided device program.
EEOC employees can install third-party software on their own smartphones to use them for work, the report said.