Red Tape Hinders Open Source Uptake in Government

Open source may be experiencing something of a slow uptake in government offices lately because the traditional "request for proposal" (RFP) process -- required and used by governments when spending tax dollars on software and other technology resources -- often excludes open source Latest News about open source options.

Even worse, governments are typically using software and solutions for which they do not own the copyright, so customization is limited and collaboration is stifled, according to City of Newport News (Va.) Chief Information Officer Andy Stein, who spoke on a panel at this week's second annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON).