Microsoft Applauds Open-Source Procurement Memo

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-07-18 Print this article Print

An Office of Management and Budget memo says government agencies must must be "technology and vendor neutral," when making procurement decisions.

Opponents of open-source software applauded a recent memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget that they claim puts proprietary software on competitive footing with open-source software in federal procurements.

"We think its a great memo," said Bill Guidera, policy counsel for Microsoft Corp. of Redmond, Wash., referring to a letter issued to agency CIOs and senior procurement officials by OMB IT and e-government administrator Karen Evans.

The OMB memo stressed that agencies making procurements must be "technology and vendor neutral," when making procurement decisions, as per guidelines set in OMB Circulars A-11 and A-130 and the Federal Acquisition Regulation policies.

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