Mobile computing devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are key components of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) information technology (IT) strategy. These devices allow employees access to DOI data and systems from anywhere at any time, as well as the ability to store large amounts of data. DOI spends approximately $16.5 million each year on at least 35,576 mobile devices.
OIG found that DOI did not have a complete inventory of its mobile devices and services and did not implement a Department wide approach for procuring and managing these devices. As a result, DOI has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on unused mobile devices. OIG found that the four bureaus spent $50,470 a month on 1,557 unused mobile devices.