In this session, we will provide a legal perspective on open source software in U.S. federal sector. We will discuss the U.S. federal sector software procurement process and the federal government's changing view on open source software as part of that process. In doing so, we will dispel some common misconceptions about the federal sector's view of open source software. We will also discuss the federal government's recent push for greater collaboration with the open source community.
Jonathan DeMella is a member of the Firm’s Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation practice. He regularly litigates CDA claims before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Boards of Contract Appeals. He also has an active bid protest practice before the CoFC and GAO, and prosecutes and defends size and status protests before the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals.
Jon advises prime contractors and subcontractors in many areas of federal procurement. This includes procurement ethics, mandatory disclosure, civil fraud under the False Claims Act, and compliance with SBA laws and regulations, including those specific to Alaska Native Corporations. He also conducts complex internal investigations, corporate compliance reviews, and in-house training programs across the United States.
Jon enjoys speaking and writing about government contracts law, and is active in the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, the American Bar Association, and the Associated General Contractors of Washington.