It is imperative the government uses Open Source Technologies, but to a predefined extent. Meaning, yes they should use technologies such as UNIX, Apache, Tomcat and other Open Source software technologies, mind you, software that's always being tested and patched to keep it safe and secure. Yet, when it comes to the actual content management systems and other vital information aggregation and dissemination systems, in those cases it is strongly suggested the government take the time in engineering their own proprietary technologies instead of using pre-packaged solutions. And in this day in age, with the multitude of options available, there's no reason why engineering a highly scale-able inter-departmental technical solution couldn't be achieved with great success. True, its a time consuming process, but in the end, it will be a time-saving venture, guaranteed.
Idea No. 351