“…it has been determined that — in general — Members and staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, when conducting official business, now have a choice between using proprietary and closed technology and open source solutions that are restriction-free, reusable and frequently more cost-effective.”
That this is news, in 2015, seems bizarre.
Next step, getting the same permission for the US Senate.
Why is there even a debate to be had?
Open source is definitely not always best. But choice has to be a good thing. Surely?
Note: the US Federal Government has been able to use open source software for a number of years. Governments in other countries, including the UK, have reached similar decisions.