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Open Source Software at Dept of State
July 16, 2009 at 12:00 am #75831
INTERESTING blog post from Nextgov.com
Feds Want Their Firefox
By Allan Holmes 07/14/09 04:56 pm ET
Top government executives -- even the very top, politically appointed execs -- need to understand that federal employees have some strong opinions about the technology they use in their jobs. That was evident at the town-hall event Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held on July 10 for the department's employees.
A portion of the transcript:
MS. GREENBERG: Okay. Our next question comes from Jim Finkle:
Can you please let the staff use an alternative web browser called Firefox? I just - (applause) - I just moved to the State Department from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and was surprised that State doesn't use this browser. It was approved for the entire intelligence community, so I don't understand why State can't use it. It's a much safer program. Thank you. (Applause.)
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, apparently, there's a lot of support for this suggestion. (Laughter.) I don't know the answer. Pat, do you know the answer? (Laughter.)
UNDER SECRETARY KENNEDY: The answer is at the moment, it's an expense question. We can -
QUESTION: It's free. (Laughter.)
UNDER SECRETARY KENNEDY: Nothing is free. (Laughter.) It's a question of the resources to manage multiple systems. It is something we're looking at. And thanks to the Secretary, there is a significant increase in the 2010 budget request that's pending for what is called the Capital Investment Fund, by which we fund our information technology operations. With the Secretary's continuing pushing, we're hoping to get that increase in the Capital Investment Fund. And with those additional resources, we will be able to add multiple programs to it.
Yes, you're correct; it's free, but it has to be administered, the patches have to be loaded. It may seem small, but when you're running a worldwide operation and trying to push, as the Secretary rightly said, out FOBs and other devices, you're caught in the terrible bind of triage of trying to get the most out that you can, but knowing you can't do everything at once.
SECRETARY CLINTON: So we will try to move toward that. When the White House was putting together the stimulus package, we were able to get money that would be spent in the United States, which was the priority, for IT and upgrading our system and expanding its reach. And this is a very high priority for me, and we will continue to push the envelope on it. I mean, Pat is right that everything does come with some cost, but we will be looking to try to see if we can extend it as quickly as possible.
July 16, 2009 at 2:09 am #75835
BUT MS has more patches, kennedy needs some schooling
July 16, 2009 at 11:42 am #75833
Looking at kennedy's bio one would have thought differently. Maybe in this case it is NOT so much an anti-open source software bias as a pro MS bias. Although people that I have talked to within Foggy Bottom indicate that there is definitely an anti-open source bias, which exists in MANY agencies.
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