January 24, 2011 – The majority of U.S. Cabinet-level offices in the federal government received a failing mark in their open source efforts, though a few others, such as the Department of Defense, excelled in a recent report card from an advocacy group.

Open Source for America (OSFA), an organization of technology industry officers, nongovernment associations and academic institutions, gauged 15 federal offices on how they’ve followed through on an open source directive from President Barack Obama. It’s an effort they claim could save billions in technology costs and lead to more transparency, though RedMonk analyst Michael Coté warns about hefty costs in training and not finding the best programs for government officials.

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