Former FOIA officer worries new bill poses IT challenges
February 27, 2015
The legislation could make it difficult for agencies to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act, said Frederick Sadler, a former FOIA Officer for the FDA.
A "Free the Code" campaign launched by Open Source for America requesting a mandate on open source licensing on custom software developed for the federal government surpassed its first hurdle Monday.
A petition created on July 17 using the White House's 'We the People' platform reached the 150-signature threshold, and is now publicly searchable on the whitehouse.gov website.
Petitioners now have 30 days to achieve 25,000 signatures in order to receive a response from White House officials.
“Free the Code is an initiative to start a national conversation on taxpayer investments in software and information technology,” said John Scott, president of Selection Pressure, LLC, and co-chair of Open Source for America’s steering committee in a press release. “Specifically, we’re interested in how publicly-funded software code developed by the government, which isn’t already covered by a proprietary license, should be made available to the wider public.”