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Trusted Code Initiative (update 2017) - Trusted Code Approach

Trusted Code Approach

How can government technology systems achieve the technical and economic efficiencies realized by comparable commercial technology systems?

Information technology (IT) is essential to the continued operation of our government, economy and private-sector society. Financial markets, health care, education, energy, communication, transportation, national defense and security networks are all reliant on digital technology systems.

However, the cost of sustaining these systems is daunting.  As the Federal Government adjusts to mandatory budget cuts, agencies must find ways to substantially reduce costs and increase efficiencies without compromising the security of information or operational objectives of the agencies themselves.

This challenge and objective is not new.  In 2010, the White House and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management, which stated:

“Information technology should enable government to better serve the American people.  But despite spending more than $600 billion on information technology over the past decade, the Federal Government has achieved little of the productivity improvements that private industry has realized from IT.”

Many of the current technical and economic efficiencies realized by commercial entities come from the use of open source software technologies and practices.  While open source software is widely used within Federal Government systems, there are still many barriers that prevent or deter larger scale adoption.