United States embraces Open Source software
United States keeps on moving towards Open Source. Delivering on the commitment made in the Second Open Government National Action Plan, Government has announced a draft Federal Source code policy to support access to custom software code.
This policy asks for new software specifically developed for or by Federal Government and the commitment to share it with the different federal agencies so that they can re-use it. A portion of that new federally-funded custom code will also be released to the public.
The main goal of this initiative is to support innovation, promote collaboration accross federal agencies and save taxpayer dollars by avoiding duplicative custom software purchases and buying licenses.
Government is aware that releasing the code will enable the community to review and improve the software to ensure that the code is secure, reliable, and effective in furthering national objectives.
A large amount of US Government’s online tools are Open Source based and as stated in the White House blog they are going to increase.