Veteran Affairs Dept set for 100K tablet deployment

by David Needle

October 26 2011

In what is reportedly the largest deployment in government history, the Veterans Affairs Department plans to field up to 100,000 tablet computers from a mix of vendors.

NextGov reported that the Veteran’s Administration made the request in a call for technical help. The VA department plans to deploy Apple iPads as well as tablets that run Android and Windows. 

The report notes that the VA has asked the industry for help with mobile device management services. While neither Apple or Google’s Android comply with Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2, the article says VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker commissioned a study earlier this year to “determine if the application programming interface list released by mobile vendors will be sufficient in mitigating the lack of FIPS 140-2 encryption on the device in the VA’s network environment.”

That project concluded that mobile device management will be able to provide security for tablets running the Apple mobile operating system, according to VA.

The VA Department also will be requiring the mobile device management contractor to design, develop and test a private application store to deliver custom VA applications to Apple devices. The contractor's app store will allow end users to download VA enterprise apps, as well as provide a pass-through for accepted commercial apps, the department said.

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