On February 6, the White House Open Government Initiative launched a government wide public participation opportunity. As part of the Open Government Directive issued in early December, every major agency published an open government website.
In response the Open Source for America (OSFA) initiative has submitted their: “Proposed Guidelines for Open Government Plans” to the Obama Administration for consideration. These plans are meant to encourage the government to embrace the open source ideals of participation, collaboration and transparency.
The proposal notes that there is, ” ….a tremendous opportunity to capture the innovation and ingenuity of government employees, who have the means to create their own tools to make themselves more effective, rather than waiting for a cumbersome and unresponsive procurement process. Open source software is, in fact, the most concrete form of participation available to the government’s constituents and its employees”
To get involved the Administration has invited public comments on each agency’s open government page through March 19, 2010. Open source advocates are encouraged to visit these agencies listed on the White House website and share their opinion.