Tuesday August 09, 2016

New Federal Policy Says Federal Code Must Be Open Source

The Federal Office of Management and Budget has started a three-year pilot that requires all agencies commissioning new custom software make at least twenty percent of their computer code open source.

The policy, which was laid out on Monday in a joint memo from US government CIO Tony Scott and chief acquisition officer Anne E Rung, draws attention to the waste that occurs when agencies purchase substantially similar code because other agencies haven't made their code discoverable or available. In response to these constraints on sharing, the policy aims to ensure all agencies make custom-developed source code broadly available for reuse across the whole of government.