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DoD, DOE Score High on Transparency, Open Source Use

DoD, DOE Score High on Transparency, Open Source Use - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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The departments of Defense, Energy, HHS and Homeland Security have ranked the highest when it comes to transparency and the use of open source, according to a new survey by Open Source for America.

The Federal Open Technology Report Card examined key indicators of open government and open technologies developed through online crowd sourcing and refined metrics outlined by the OSFA leadership committee. Some of these questions include those concerning public budgets, use of social media and open source technology practices.

The Report Card assigned a percentage grade to  15 cabinet-level departments’ and agencies’ use of open source technologies, open formats and technology tools for citizen engagement. Ranking first was DoD with 82 percent, followed by Energy (72 percent), HHS (55 percent), Homeland Security (55 percent) and Transportation (53 percent).

OSFA explained DoD’s high ranking stems from its issuing procurement policies for open technologies as well as guidance facilitating participation by government employees in open source projects, with the department being “demonstrably ahead of the curve” in recognizing the advantages and use of open technologies.

Daniel Risacher, associate director, Enterprise Services and Integration, DoD, said his department looks to adopt transparent policies and procedures in line with the Open Government Directive.

“It is gratifying to to be recognized by OSFA for the Department of Defense’s commitment to openness and transparency, including the evaluation of technology choices,” he added.

 

 

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