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Federal News Radio: OMB to Restrict New Federal Agency Mobile Device Contracts

acquisition policyThe Office of Management and Budget plans to release a draft policy that will block federal agencies’ new contracts for the procurement of mobile devices and services, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Jason Miller writes the draft policy will require agencies to adopt existing government-wide General Services Administration wireless services.

Under the proposed ruling, agency chief information officers must integrate all contracts for mobile devices and services into a single contract per carrier by Sept. 30, 2018, according to the report.

Devices permitted under the draft policy are those one generation behind the latest version of the product and agencies need to develop standards for device features, the station reports.

Agencies are also required to submit a report on mobile usage and pricing data to OMB’s integrated data collection by May 31 before the OMB shares the pricing data with agencies via GSA’s acquisition gateway, Miller reports.

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