US Intelligence Agency: Linux Help Wanted

“In a just released “report card” on the use of open source
technology at the federal level, the Defense Department received
the highest rating — 82 percent — from Open Source for America.
“The Department is looking to adopt transparent policies and
procedures in line with President Obama’s Open Government
Directive,” said Daniel Risacher, associate director of enterprise
services and integration at DoD.

“The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is compiling
information on the capabilities of vendors who can assist it with
its Linux-based information system. NGA has asked vendors to
provide a description of their capabilities by Feb. 11. In a
quick-response “Sources Sought” notice issued Jan. 28, NGA said it
was “researching the market availability of firms that can
potentially provide services and products that could be seamlessly
incorporated” into the agency’s baseline program.

“”The information should describe how and why NGA would utilize
your Linux solution — not only responding to the ability to meet
the criteria listed, but detailed capability to ensure it is a
viable solution for NGA,” it said.”

“The notice does not guarantee that NGA will soon issue a
procurement order.”


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