The White House has announced a draft policy addressing how the U.S. federal government will share and release custom software. " This policy requires that, among other things: (1) new custom code whose development is paid for by the Federal Government be made available for reuse across Federal agencies; and (2) a portion of that new custom code be released to the public as Open Source Software (OSS). "
The full policy document is available at sourcecode.cio.gov , where it has been made available for public comment. The relevant passage regarding public source releases begins by outlining a pilot program. " Each covered agency shall release at least 20 percent of its newly-developed custom code each year as OSS. Custom code is defined as code for all custom software projects, modules, and add-ons that are self-contained. […] Although the minimum requirement for OSS release is 20 percent of custom code, covered agencies are strongly encouraged to publish as much custom-developed code as possible to further the Federal Government’s commitment to transparency, participation, and collaboration. "
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