July 24, 2009 -  A broad cross-section of more than 70 companies, academic institutions, communities, related groups and individuals joined together to announce the formation of Open Source for America, an organization dedicated to the promotion of open source software in the U.S. Federal Government arena. 

The mission of Open Source for America is to serve as a centralized advocate and to encourage broader U.S. Federal Government support of and participation in free and open source software. Specifically, Open Source for America will: help effect change in policies and practices to allow departments and agencies to better utilize these technologies; help coordinate communities to collaborate with the federal government on technology requirements; and raise awareness and create understanding among government leaders about the values and implications of open source software.

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