White House launches Code.gov to share open source government code

The repository should help federal agencies avoid duplicative custom software purchases and promote cross-agency collaboration.

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The federal source code policy released earlier this year encourages government agencies to open source their code.

The White House has launched Code.gov, a repository for all of the federal government's custom-developed software.

The site follows up on the federal source code policy that the Obama administration released earlier this year, encouraging more agencies to open source their code. So far, Code.gov features nearly 50 open source projects from 13 agencies (including NASA, the Energy Department, and the Treasury Department), and more projects should come online as agencies implement the new policy.

The repository, US Chief Information Officer Tony Scott explained in a blog post, was built "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."

The White House open sourced the code for its Facebook Messenger bot last month, and other initiatives like Data.gov are also open sourced.

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