FERC Outlines Mobile Push

mobilityThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has drawn up plans to build a more mobile workforce as part of its information technology upgrade initiative, the Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Jason Miller writes the agency aims to give employees access to data more openly from any location at any time.

“We’ve working a lot with the open data initiative that the administration has been doing to give more open access to data and that is letting our employees work from anywhere,” Sanjay Sardar, FERC chief information officer, told Federal News Radio

FERC has started issuing more laptops for telecommuting and plans to roll out a Citrix-powered virtual private network with authentication technology for secure and remote access.

“This will allow users to pick their own device, connect to our network using a secure tunnel, data would be used and saved in a secure environment and we would use our partners like F5 Networks to help with a rules-based protocol,” Sardar told the station.

Sardar also told Federal News Radio there are certain aspects of the plan that still need to be hammered out, including having more clearly defined policies.

“A good example is when you do bring your own device, access is something that you are paying for or is the government paying for it?” he said.

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