It goes without saying that mobility is the next frontier for government agencies. Though, while the private sector has often been ahead of the curve, some federal agencies are actually blazing a mobility trail that could serve as a case study for any organization.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is one such agency. Under the strategic leadership of Rick Holgate, CIO of the ATF, the agency is building a robust infrastructure that supports smartphones and tablets to provide e-mail, browser and legacy desktop tools using virtualization.

As this Federal Times Op-Ed by Tom Suder, founder of MobileGov, highlights, the ATF already uses the AirWatch Mobile Device Management system, and has completely transitioned from Blackberry devices to iPhones.

Holgate has also pushed for moving towards using Windows 8 tablets, a device that is ideal for using both in the field and in the office – allowing support of the law enforcement mission from anywhere.

The ATF is also looking to develop a mobile-enabled case management system that leverages big data analytics. In addition, Holgate’s long-term vision involves the use of wearables out in the field and staying ahead of the curve on the “Internet of Things” and much more.

By embracing next-generation mobile solutions, we are naming the DEA as this week’s GovTransformer.

Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.