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Making Technology Neutral IT Procurement Decisions

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Victoria Espinel is the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy Dan Gordon release their statement on ensuring that government IT purchases are fair, neutral and based on an objective assessment of relevant criteria.

Each year, the U.S. Government spends almost $80 billion dollars buying information technology (IT); the software, computer equipment and network devices that help the Government run efficiently.  It is important that those purchases be fair, neutral and based on an objective assessment of relevant criteria.  To ensure that the agencies and the public are aware of our policy, today U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy Dan Gordon and I issued a statement to Senior Procurement Executives and Chief Information Officers reminding them to select IT based on appropriate criteriawhile analyzing available alternatives including proprietary, open source and mixed source technologies.  

Victoria Espinel is the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator