Request for Information

Today, the White House Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD), in partnership with the  Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Science Foundation  (NSF), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Office of  Management and Budget (OMB), is announcing a Request For Information (RFI) on open source software security and memory safe programming languages. The RFI builds on the  commitment the Administration made in the National Cybersecurity Strategy, “to invest in the  development of secure software, including memory-safe languages and software development  techniques, frameworks, and testing tools.” The RFI also advances initiative 4.1.2 of the  National Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan. 

In addition to its many benefits, the ubiquity of open-source software in commercial products, government systems, and military platforms presents unique security risks. For this reason, the White House established the Open-Source Software Security Initiative (OS3I), an interagency working group with the goal of identifying policy solutions and channeling government  resources to foster greater open-source software security across the ecosystem. By working with other interagency partners, OS3I identified several focus areas, including (i) increasing the  proliferation of memory safe programming languages; (ii) designing implementation  requirements for secure, privacy-preserving security attestations; and (iii) identifying and  promoting focused areas for prioritization. 

This RFI seeks public and private sector input as federal leadership develops its strategy and action plan to strengthen the open-source software ecosystem. ONCD, CISA, NSF, DARPA, and OMB are seeking input from stakeholders to develop and implement long-term and sustainable  policy solutions. 

Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on November 8, 2023. 


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