Trusted Code Initiative (2017)
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Trusted Code Initiative
A Strategic Plan to Increase
Operational Efficiency and Aggregate Value
of Government Open Source Software Resources
A concept paper prepared by
the Open Technology Center
How can the Government get the most out of Open Source Software?
I think the answer has more to do with culture and collaboration than technology. To realize the benefits and value of open source, you must harness the strength of community. This is the underlying premise and approach presented through the Trusted Code Initiative.
The Trusted Code Initiative: A Strategic Plan to Increase Operational Efficiency and Aggregate Value of Government Open Source Software Resources
Open source software is a disruptive technology that offers technical, administrative and economic benefits to public and private sector IT environments. These include: cost effectiveness; unrestricted access to source code; flexibility to manage and modify the code base without penalty or fee; and the right to unlimited distribution. While these benefits are realized in both IT environments, the intrinsic value, operational priority, and significance of results are markedly different in each sector.
The Trusted Code Initiative seeks to enable Federal Government stakeholders to clearly define, administer and measure actual technical, administrative and economic benefits through the use of open source software technologies. To achieve this goal, the Trusted Code Initiative presents a vision and detailed plan to establish an independent, self-sustaining, nonprofit foundation to administer program operations and serve as facilitator and liaison between participating program stakeholders and the vast network of public and private sector communities of interest and subject matter experts whose participation and mutual benefit is critical to the collective success.
The Trusted Code Initiative is a strategy derived from nearly 20 years experience working as a leader in efforts to facilitate the adoption of open source software within Federal IT systems. The strength of this approach is not based on expectations of dramatic change in government policy or processes or rely on the development of a breakout technology, even though the process creates a fertile environment for such to take place. The success of this plan is based on the ability of key government stakeholders and program staff to collaboratively identify, support and efficiently execute the recurring process of securing government compliance requirements for a targeted set of open source software resources that provide acceptable, mutual benefit to the sponsors as well as those who utilize and support the Federal Government Enterprise.
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