Uncle Sam is getting more serious about releasing the code for software developed for the people to the people. In one of the new commitments for the second U.S. National Action Plan released today at the United Nations during President Barack Obama’s remarks at the Open Government Partnership event, the White House announced that the United States of America would create an open source policy for software developed by the federal government. Here’s the key paragraph of the document:
“Adopt an open source software policy. Using and contributing back to open source software can fuel innovation, lower costs, and benefit the public. No later than December 31, 2015, the Administration will work through the Federal agencies to develop an open source software policy that, together with the Digital Services Playbook, will support improved access to custom software code developed for the Federal government.”
You can read the entire series of new commitments here.