The bring your own device guideline due this week by the Office of Management and Budget will include provisions for device reimbursement, Federal Times reports.
Under the agency adoptable BYOD guideline, employees are encouraged to discontinue using government issued Smartphone’s and to use their own devices for their work.
Delaware Department of Technology & Information Chief Operating Officer Bill Hickox said that he has drafted a reimbursement policy template for the new BYOD guidance.
He added that the program, being piloted in his department, has saved his state $35,000 since it was introduced last spring.
Under the program, employees return state-issued Blackberry’s and are given $40 per-month to cover expenses incurred through their own personal devices.
Before the program began, the state paid $80 for each government issued mobile device.
Currently, only the states of Delaware, Washington, and Virginia have a BYOD reimbursement program.
Charles Robb, a senior policy analyst at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers told Federal Times that while states have been reluctant to adopt BYOD previously, that trend is rapidly changing.
Nicole Blake Johnson reports the government is spending around $1.2 billion annually on mobile and wireless services.
Michael Isman, Booz Allen Hamilton VP, recently offered the OMB advice on the new BYOD guideline.