“Dale Luddeke, who chairs the Industry Advisory Council (IAC), an IT industry group, said he expects to see a shift in government to things with "cost savings attributes," such as open source, and agile development and cloud technology.
see The sequester will hurt tech nationally.
I don’t see that a shift to FLOSS will hurt IT nationally. It will make IT much more efficient. Typically, systems running FLOSS need fewer servers and fewer bodies. That might hurt national employment but IT will be well off.
The only problem with this view is that it does cost something to migrate to FLOSS and some migrations may be too costly while budgets are being cut. The low hanging fruit may already be migrated.
Anyway, with US government spending $500billion on IT, a few $billion should be easy to find. For instance, if they lease PCs they could probably switch to thin clients more widely and get instant savings. A thin client may cost anywhere from $50 to $500 but a lot of clerical jobs can easily be done with $100 boxes, so for less money than a lease of a PC they could own a long-lived thin client PC. Same with office suites. LibreOffice is a no-brainer for savings. They can have similar services for less than one month’s costs for M$’s office suite.
I think US government has been interested in FLOSS for a long time. Some departments like DOD already use a lot as does Whitehouse.gov. This may be an opportunity to do more over many more departments. The Whitehouse holds: “We believe in using and contributing back to open source software as a way of making it easier for the government to share data, improve tools and services, and return value to taxpayers.” Amen. Now is the time to put those words into actions.