Point Distribution and Results

OSFA scored open source technology and open government criteria with a possible 1 or 0 per answer to each question. 0 was given for a negative answer or if no answer was available or able to be found, and 1 indicates an affirmative answer and/or positive policy. The results are separated into two categories:

• Open Technologies, Question Sets 3, 6, 7
• Open Government, Question Sets 1, 2, 4, 5

The raw score for each question set was divided by the number of questions in the set to provide the total score for each set. In this way, having five questions in one set and two in another set would not affect the overall outcome. Each set was then weighted according to its importance with respect to open technology and open government policies by a factor of 1 to 7.

• Open Technologies, Areas 3, 6, 7: total points = 18
◦ Question Set 3 = 5 points
◦ Question Set 6 = 6 points
◦ Question Set 7 = 7 points
• Open Government, Areas 1, 2, 4, 5: total points = 10
◦ Question Set 1 =3 points
◦ Question Set 2 =2 points
◦ Question Set 4 =4 points
◦ Question Set 5 =1 point

The maximum number of achievable points was 28. Scores were converted to a percentage based on the number of points received divided by the total ossible points. For example, the Department of Defense received the highest number of points, 23 of 28, a score of 82 percent.


As demonstrated in the table above, five Departments scored above 50 percent, including Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Transportation. The Departments of Commerce, Education, and the Interior earned the lowest scores. The table of raw data is available for download at http://opensourceforamerica.com/federalscorecard.

This study was conducted three months after the agencies submitted their Open Government Plans and is intended to demonstrate baseline data in the eginning of a long journey towards openness and transparency in the federal government

Open Source for America hopes government agencies will use the Federal Open Technology Report Card and its results to continue working toward the exchange of open information and the use of open source technologies and open formats within their departments.


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