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Executive order to limit smart phones, tablets and more

As part of a larger effort that could save billions of dollars, President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that will, among other things, limit the number of IT devices that can be issued to each federal employee.

As part of a larger effort that could save billions of dollars, President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that will, among other things, limit the number of IT devices that can be issued to each federal employee.

The executive order directs agencies to limit the number of information technology devices -- cell phones, smart phones, tablets and laptops -- that they provide to employees or support. The Department of Homeland Security, for example, previously wasted millions of dollars each year by paying for unused cell phones and air cards. The agency now conducts annual audits of use and has saved $10.5 million to date.

To see the complete story in our sister publication, Federal Computer Week, click here.

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