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GovExec: Federal CIOs Tout Benefits of 'Open Source' Software

Mar 16, 2004, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Federal agencies increasingly are using 'open source' software, which allows program users to access and modify code, and officials are exploring new ways to incorporate the technology into e-government initiatives, senior government technology officers said Monday.

"'Open source is usually brought forward by technology people very focused on the success of the technology,' said John McManus, deputy chief information officer at NASA. 'My experience has been that technology sold up through an agency will be more successful than something sold from the top down...'"

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