In the Second Open Government National Action Plan, the White House committed to providing an open source software policy for the US Federal Government. On Friday, that commitment was met when Tony Scott, the US Chief Information Officer, announced the release of the first draft of the Federal Source Code Policy which provides an initial guideline on using and developing open source code for the Federal Government.
The goal of this policy is to save taxpayer dollars and to promote greater innovation and collaboration across Federal agencies. As a part of this effort, the Federal government has already started launching projects that use open source code.
The White House seeks public feedback on this draft in order to ensure it will be effective and useful. Anyone that wants to get involved in the development discussion can do so on the GitHub issue tracker page for the policy.