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CFPBadmin / cfpb-source-code-policy.txt
Created Apr 9, 2012
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Source Code Policy
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1. USE OF EXTERNAL OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
a) "Open Source Software" (OSS) is software that allows its recipients to modify and redistribute the source code; as such, "open source" is a copyright and distribution framework and makes no implications regarding technical support or indemnification. In almost all cases, OSS meets the definition of "commercial computer software" and shall be given appropriate statutory preference in accordance with 41 USC 264B (reference (b)) (see also FAR 2.101(b), 12_1.html 12.000, 12.101 (reference (c))).
b) Executive agencies, including CFPB, are required to conduct market research when preparing for the procurement of products or services by 41 USC Sec. 253a (reference (e)) (see also FAR 10.001. Market research for software should include OSS.
a. There are several positive aspects of OSS that should compel CFPB to seek out OSS when conducting market research on software for Bureau-wide use:
i. Publicly available source code enables continuous and broad peer review that
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