This is a little something I've posted to the Whitehouse.gov site, if you agree please sign up and sign the petition, it is your tax dollars.
Maximize the public benefit of federal technology by sharing government-developed software under an open source license
Top Three Reasons to Mandate Open Sourcing of Custom Federal Software:
Openness: Open Sourcing ensures basic fairness and transparency by making software and related artifacts available to the citizens who provided funding, consistent with the President’s 2009 declaration that “Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset.”
Economic Multiplier: Making Provides an economic stimulus by serving as the raw material that supports a competitive software development and services industry.
Supports the Federal “Shared First” Agenda: Maximizes value to the government by significantly increasing reuse and collaborative development between federal agencies and the private sector, consistent with the current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) “Shared First” initiative.