Client Alerts & Newsletters

OMB Releases Final Federal Source Code Policy


On August 8, 2016, OMB released the final federal source code policy, which requires new, custom-made source code developed specifically by or for the federal government to be made available for sharing and reuse across all federal agencies in an effort to minimize duplicative procurements and reduce federal vendor lock-in. The policy also establishes a pilot program that requires agencies commissioning new, custom software to release at least 20 percent of that code as open source software (OSS) for three years, which will require agencies to consider the value of publishing custom code as OSS and negotiate data rights reflective of its value, as well as to obtain sufficient rights to fulfill the policy’s objectives.

For more information, please contact the professional(s) listed below, or your regular Crowell & Moring contact.

John E. McCarthy Jr.
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2579

Jonathan M. Baker
Partner – Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2641

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.

View Desktop Site | Mobile Sitemap

Contact | Subscribe | Terms of Use | Privacy Statement | Alumni

© Crowell & Moring LLP 2020
Attorney advertising - prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.