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BY Nick Judd | Thursday, December 6 2012
Between pictures of the president using Twitter and Vice President Joe Biden at Costco, the White House blog recently featured a little note advocating the use of open source in government. It is interesting to see how Barack Obama uses social networks, and a post about Biden at Costco feels a little bit like the White House just scooped The Onion — a shirtless photo would have been too much to hope for, but the author may have been able to slip in at least one Pontiac reference. But the White House making a point of name-checking open-source software touchstones is also worthy of note. Read More
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, September 25 2012
As politicos ratchet up the election-year rhetoric over the role of the government on the campaign trail, a small group of White House staffers and volunteers from the technology community are quietly getting down to the brass tacks: They’re engaging in what amounts to a national tour to crowdsource outside-the-Beltway talent in the ongoing quest to make impenetrable government processes more accessible. Read More
BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 12 2012
When House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa announced that he was rolling out a platform for collaborative bill markup, called MADISON, in conjunction with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), his staff assured techPresident that it would be released as open source — sometime.
That time has come. Yesterday, the Open Gov Foundation, an outgrowth of Issa and Wyden's partnership that was announced at Personal Democracy Forum earlier this year, posted the code for MADISON to GitHub.Read More
BY Nick Judd | Monday, April 9 2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced that from here on out, if it contracts with a third party to build software, that code will be shared with the public at no charge.
In a blog post on April 6, the CFPB's Matthew Burton announced that the agency will also use open source software and release its own software products as open source. Code that might expose "sensitive deals that would put the Bureau at risk for security breaches" is excluded, but otherwise, Burton points us to CFPB's GitHub repository for a soon-to-be-growing list of code coming out of the nascent federal entity.Read More
BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 5 2011
Late last week, the United States released some of the source code for an open-source version of Data.gov, the White House's platform for federal agency data, through a new repository on the open-source development hub ... Read More
BY Nick Judd | Thursday, March 31 2011
Wishing that legislators worked more like developers of open-source software, coder Shawn Willden has written a scraper that turns changes to the laws of the United States into commits to a code repository on GitHub, the ... Read More