VA BYOD Reimbursement Strategy Isn't IT's Call, Says Baker

Molly Bernhart Walker | FierceGovernmentIT | September 27, 2012

Who pays for data plans under a forthcoming bring-your-own-device strategy at the Veterans Affairs Department? Don't ask Chief Information Officer Roger Baker--determining that isn't his job, he says.

"At that point you're stepping into something that's not the province of the assistant secretary for information and technology," said Baker during a Sept. 26 press call. "You're really getting into the business and the HR side of things--how they would decide to handle those things."

This week the VA will award its long-awaited mobile device management contract, Baker said. The agency plans to move forward with its BYOD strategy once the MDM solution is awarded and implemented.