We should be using a minimal auditable secure open source operating system throughout the government. Rather than invent one from scratch, use Linux or some BSD variant. Invest a few of the billions of dollars used to license untrustworthy commercial software to carefully audit the OS and some essential applications.
We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »
Open Source developers typically are solving a problem they are passionate about. Create a program to provide financial aid to these individuals in exchange for some testing/requirements to be passed into their projects.