Department of Homeland Security

Scalable Reimbursement of Communication Devices

Only provide Government Furnished Equipment (Blackberry for example) and service to Sr. Leaders. All others who require a device per the agencies distribution policy should be reimbursed based on their GS level.


Purchase of the device, maintenance, service and repair become the responsibility of the employee and the service provider, and not the agency.


Aside from becoming a more efficient way to address the communication needs of the agency, an immediate savings from device purchases, replacements, and IT personnel hours for repair will be realized.



If secure agency e-mail and/or calls are required, an app (that is in use at DoD and GAO) is available for supported devices and allows an employee to carry out his/her mission under this recommendation.



Idea No. 1244