“Open Source for America (OSFA) recently published a report card on open technology and open government across several U.S. federal government departments and agencies. The results: One-third of agencies received a passing grade. OSFA, a coalition launched in July 2009 to encourage U.S. federal government support of and participation in open source projects and technologies, worked with government departments and agencies to develop the methodology and rate each group.”
Who’s the winner? The Department of Defense. It seems that the Department of Defense (DoD) achieved the highest ranking, with a score of 23 out of a possible 28, and stands out in the report card for several reasons:
- First, the DoD has documented policies for selecting and acquiring what the report identifies as open technologies.
- Second, the DoD provides guidance for employees wanting to participate in open source projects.
“IT decision makers are encouraged to follow in the DoD’s example and set a policy, along with related processes and safeguards, for employees to contribute to open source projects…Doing so will keep your developers happy and help encourage innovation, within and outside of your company — a win-win-win strategy.”
I believe open source is definitively “Agile.”
What say you?