To Mobility! And BEYOND!!!

September 28, 2012 - 0 Comments

It’s been over ten years since my last visit to the beautiful city of Washington D.C.  It’s always great to visit all my favorite monuments and historical landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.   I wish I could tell you more about my wonderful dinners at the Old Ebbitt Grill or Brassaire Beck; but onto more important things.

As I walk through downtown, looking around, I was thinking to myself, how much things have changed since my last visit.  Gone are the days of disposable cameras, brochures and maps  – everyone around me is using a smart phone to take photos, launching Google maps to find the Smithsonian, or  scanning QR codes at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum  to view additional factoids as they were walking about the museum.  Everything is going mobile!

I’m here this week to attend the 12th semi-annual Telework Exchange Fall Town Hall meeting – “Mobility in the Fast Lane” focused on mobile IT and the mobile workforce.  While I was here, my colleagues and I had the utmost pleasure to interview 9 government and industry leaders discussing topics such as security, standards, technologies and telework benefits and challenges within their agencies.  It was fascinating to hear from these leaders how they are working in different ways to transform their agencies to better serve the American people,  grow their workforce and create  a balanced work-life environment for their employees. Okay, just bear with me… there are quite a few videos coming up but they are ALL WORTH your attention. I invite you to listen to the following government leaders, as they share with us their thoughts, best practices and the importance of telework in helping to transform the government onto the road to a 21st Century Digital Government.

Hear about what mobility means to the federal government and how technologies like cloud and desktop virtualization is important to enabling secure, mobile access from

Donna Dodson, Chief, Computer Security Division, National Institute of Standard and Technology.

Let’s take a listen from Charles McCalm, Deputy CIO, U.S. Department of Agriculture and see what he has to say about telework with the USDA.

Listen to Kimberly Hancher, CIO, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as she shares her BYOD best practice.  Ms. Hancher was one of the pioneering agency leaders to pilot a BYOD policy.

Join William P. Milton Jr., Chief Human Capital Officer, Office of Human Resources Management, Departmental Management, U.S. Department of Agriculture as he discusses the most effective approaches and recommended practices for managing remote workers.

It’s Cindy Auten’s turn, General Manager, Telework Exchange.  She has some really great content that you really want to pay attention to.

Saving  the best for last, our very own Alan Balutis, Director, Integrated Business Solutions Group, Cisco. Mr. Balutis has been with Public Sector for over 30 years in various roles and responsibilities and has experienced first-hand the development and integration of technology in government. I think it’s great that Mr. Balutis has seen the growth and change of government through “Baby Boomer’s” through today’s “Millenials” and has embraced the culture and need of today’s work-life balance.

Now, we have just heard from 6 of our government’s leaders describe their personal challenges, experiences, and triumphs as it pertains to work productivity and cultivating a positive work environment. Telework is happening, don’t get left behind!

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