The Defense and Energy departments have been deemed leading agencies when it comes to transparency and the use of open source technologies, reveals a survey by Open Source for America.
OSFA published the results of its recent survey examining which federal departments were making the most of open-source technologies.
In an interview with DorobekINSIDER, Red Hat’s U.S. Public Sector Group Chief Technology Strategist Gunnar Hellekson, also co-chair of OSFA, said it would be “incredibly difficult” to measure how much each agency uses open source as use is not being reported.
Instead, he said, OSFA focused on factors it could measure, such as social media use, whether the agency or department publishes a public budget and how well they handle FOIA requests.
Government accountability requires open information processes best facilitated online, said John Scott, co-chair of OSFA’s steering committee, in a release on OSFA’s website.
“Open Source for America feels the results demonstrate a positive beginning,” he added. “We hope government agencies will use the Federal Open Technology Report Card and its results to continue working toward the exchange of open information and the use of open source technologies and open formats within their departments.“