I believe the government should always use open standards since they are using my money and I may actually want to access some government site.
Should they use open source software, maybe.
Again, it's the people's money and it should be spent carefully (no THERE'S a radical tought) and not just thrown at the lobbyists friends.
Does that mean the government should be forced to use open source software? I don't think so, Tim (probably haven't heard tat in at leas 20 minutes).
I do think the governemtn should always steer clear of proprietary software if it means that some citizens would be unable to access legitimate information from their government unless they too had the same software. After all, not everyone wants Microsoft's OS or their browser or their office suite.
But as long as people have the access, the government should choose the best software and hardware for the job they want to accomplish.
I'm just not a big fan of forcing anyone to do anything - seems so, well, forced.