White House open-source software policy goes live

In an effort to make software developed by government agencies useful to the public as well as other agencies, the White House announced Monday that it is implementing a new policy to make code written by the federal government to be open sourced.

Currently the government spends more than $6 billion on software each year, but the new Federal Source Code Policy is meant to save taxpayer dollars by encouraging government agencies to collaborate and allowing for the reuse of software programs – rather than having different agencies each rewrite their own version when a similar program is needed for a project.

“Even when agencies are in a position to make their source code available on a government-wide basis, they do not make such code available to other agencies in a consistent manner,” according to the the official memoranda. READ MORE.