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DHS Report Calls for Guidance on Government Use of Open Source Tech

DataGraphicA Department of Homeland Security-commissioned study has identified keys to removing barriers for government agencies to develop and implement open source software.

The “Open Source Software in Government: Challenges and Opportunities” report was a project of DHS’ science and technology office and based on interviews with OSS experts, suppliers and potential agency users.

The report calls on the federal government to introduce measures aimed at addressing agency concerns about OSS security and to publish case studies on successful OSS implementation experiences.

Incentives could also encourage agencies and contractors to collaborate on open source code projects, the report stated.

Researchers also recommended that OSS certification and accreditation programs focus on risk management and engage industry in specifications development.

Other recommendations include offering agencies general education and guidance on open source licensing, intellectual rights and procurement.

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