True to his word, President Obama seem to be promoting the adoption of Open Source in the US government sector.
“And we expect you, the American people, to hold us accountable for the results. That is why we have created Recovery.gov, so every American can go online and see how their money is being spent.” — President Obama, Feb. 17, 2009
With this http://www.recovery.gov went live – a website that is used to track the federal government’s massive spending bill. this was based on a the leading Open Source CMS – Drupal. Today they launched yet another of it’s website on Drupal –The White House Portal http://www.whitehouse.gov
This is great news for the Open Source community, but then there’s a lot that need to do make the most of this opportunity. The products need to scales up from just being elementary products to feature rich solutions else http://www.recovery.gov story would get repeated. Users were not able to follow the recovery funds from beginning to end as was envisioned and promised by the Obama administration. Nor could site administrators use the site to handle the approval process needed to collect, sort and display spending data being collected from recipients of the funds. As a result, the site became a target and verbal punching bag for watchdogs, open government advocates and lawmakers who were underwhelmed with the content and capability of Recovery.gov.
As a result and $18M contract was awarded for the Recovery 2.0 – revamped portal on Microsoft platform !!