Federal Open Source Policies

OMB Memorandum M-04-16, “Software Acquisition”
Declares that open source software is permitted under Federal procurement regulations.
Issued July 1, 2004

DoN Policy Memo – Department of the Navy Open Source Software Guidance
Issued June 5, 2007

DoN Instruction Memo – IM/IT Policy for Fielding of Commercial Off the Shelf Software (SECNAV5230.15)
Issued April 10 2009

Army Regulation 25-2 Information Assurance See Section II, 4-6 g
Revised March 23, 2009

DoD Policy Memo – Clarifying Guidance Regarding Open Source Software
Issued October 16, 2009

OMB Policy Memo – Open Government Directive
Issued December 8, 2009

DoD Policy Memo – Better Buying Power: Mandate for Restoring Affordability and Productivity in Defense Spending
Issued June 28, 2010

OMB Policy Memo – Technology Neutrality
Issued June 28, 2010

Revised AppDev STIG for DOD
October 31, 2011. David Wheeler explains why recent changes to DISA’s Applications Development Secure Technical Implementation Guidelines make it easier for open source in the DOD.

Government-Sponsored Papers

NPS – Investigating the Acquisition of Software Systems that Rely on Open Architecture and Open Source Software
Released March, 2010

Use of Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) in the U.S. Department of Defense (pdf)
The MITRE report that started it all.
Released January 2, 2003.

Acquiring and Enforcing the Government’s Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software Under DoD Contracts
Released January, 2011