Weblog:   The Growing Politicization of Open Source
Subject:   Commercial Software Lobbies why can't we?
Date:   2002-08-16 12:27:51
From:   kbeaumont
I've been involved with the federal government from the USAF to NASA all my adult life. Right now there really isn't a choice. There are already DOD directives that specify what commercial vendors will be used, what language software must be written in, Operating systems etc. Much of the reason for this is direct lobbying by commercial entities. You cannot choose the best bang for the buck, it's not the way the real government works! You need to have something that says look at open source or you won't get seen. I have seen companies wine and dine anyone who might have some say in selection of products from the lowest supply manager all the way up to congress. Service contracts are much more scrutinized than procurement unless it's a "weapons system" or something on that grand of scale. Wich is when the lobbying really gets intense. Right now you cannot just say "At my level on my project Software A is the best choice", what happens now is "Everyone in every project in the (DOD,Treasury, etc.) will use this product by this vendor period"