There's a great deal of benefit in contributing to the accessibility of Open Source tools like Drupal, jQuery, WordPress & OpenLayers.
Aside from benefiting many government departments by improving the core tools available to every government department, the investment benefits everyone.
It is a benefit to business, NPO's & educational institutions when government invests in and contributes back to open source tools.
Even if there isn't a mandate to use free software within the USA gov, it's the simplest way to test out best practices in a diverse community.
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