On the heels of the Federal Source Code Policy, the administration has launched code.gov, seeking to improve public access to government custom-developed software with the aim of making government services more effective and transparent.
“It’s a step we took to help federal agencies avoid duplicative custom software purchases and promote innovation and cross-agency collaboration. And it’s a step we took to enable the brightest minds inside and outside of government to work together to ensure that Federal code is reliable and effective,” federal CIO Tony Scott said in the announcement.
As a start, the site provides access nearly 50 open source projects from about a dozen agencies, a number that will grow over the coming months as agencies work to implement the Federal Source Code Policy, he said.
Code.gov also will provide useful tools and best practices to help agencies implement that policy, he said, for example by discovering ways to build successful open source projects.