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Rick Holgate: ATF Transitions to ‘Broader’ Device Options

Rick Holgate
Rick Holgate

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is upgrading its computers into Microsoft‘s modern operating system and deploying mobile devices to users, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Rick Holgate, ATF chief information officer, told the station the agency is migrating its employees to a wide variety of devices such as tablet computers and devices running the Windows 8.1 system.

Jory Heckman writes the agency plans to complete the computer overhaul effort by the end of November.

Holgate also told Federal News Radio the ATF wants to retire its five-year old hardware due to security issues.

“We were starting to see increasing hardware failure, which meant that we had a greater risk of data loss and vulnerability in that sense as well,” Holgate told the station.

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