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PRNewswire: CAGW Criticizes Open Source Mandate in Massachusetts

Sep 21, 2005, 21:15 (19 Talkback[s])

"Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today criticized a plan in Massachusetts to force all state computer networks to move to an open source format. The Massachusetts Information Technology Division is proposing the Enterprise Information Technology Architecture technology policy, which would mandate that state agencies use only open source and open standard software by January 1, 2007.

"'It is bad procurement policy for any state to unilaterally lock itself into one set of technologies,' CAGW President Tom Schatz said. 'Agencies should be able to accept bids from any company that can provide the desired product or service. Government earns the best value for taxpayer dollars through a competitive, transparent, and accountable bidding process...'"

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