Microsoft Applauds Open-Source Procurement Memo
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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