3/24/16 – Posted by Brian Robinson
The White House wants federal agencies to share more of their custom code with each other, and also to provide more of it to the open source community. That kind of reuse and open source development of software could certainly cut costs and provide more able software in the future, but is this also an opening for more bugs and insecure code?
The new draft policy, issued in support of the administration’s 2014 Open Government Partnership, is aimed at improving the way custom-developed code is acquired and distributed in the future. Before moving forward with this new policy, the government wants to know just how it would “fuel innovation, lower costs, benefit the public and meet operational and mission needs of covered agencies” as well as what effect it could have on the software development market.