"Massachusetts has finalized its IT acquisition policy, moving
from what originally appeared to be a shift toward specifying
open-source software to more of a focus on open standards.
"In an announcement Monday, the administration of Massachusetts
Governor Mitt Romney finalized its new open standards for IT
acquisitions, basing the criteria for government IT procurements on
'best value' and setting guidelines to help reduce the total cost
of ownership of systems, 'while enhancing flexibility and
performance,' the administration said. The new policies went into
effect on Tuesday..."