Funding questions remain for VA’s Oct. 1 mobile deployment

September 30, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Financial, Spending
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The Veteran Affairs Department, once a BlackBerry-only agency, is still on track to authorize new mobile devices to connect to the network beginning Oct. 1, but currently has no procurement strategy to acquire them.

“I’m now in the mode of, ‘Yes, we have authorized the turn on. But no, you can’t buy 100,000 of them,'” said VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker during a Sept. 28 press call.

While VA has a pent-up demand for the devices such as the iPad, Baker said “there will not be an explosion of new devices.” Employees will only receive the devices if they can make a business case and will be required to trade in their laptops or BlackBerries.

via FierceGovernmentIT, continued here.