Federal open source software pilot program

It has been almost one year since the federal government established an open source software pilot program requiring federal agencies to release at least 20 percent of new custom-developed code as open source software. This is a three-year pilot program. Federal agencies are encouraged to release as much custom-developed code as possible to further the federal government’s commitment to transparency, participation, and collaboration.

The intention is to evaluate the results of the pilot program within the first two years and consider whether to allow the pilot program to expire or to continue, modify, or increase the minimum requirements of the pilot program. It will be interesting to see the results of this evaluation when it is completed by the government.

More information on the open source software pilot program can be found at code.gov