Office productivity suites, such as MS Office, can easily cost more than $300 per machine (depending on license purchased). And these software are licensed with restrictions that they may not be modified because you don't own software you buy, you are only granted USE it. Already in existance is a fully functional and well-featured office suite called openoffice.org that is not just free but open sourced. Open sourced software means you are able to not only use it freely, but to modify any or all of it as you see fit. Therefore, in addition to saving millions of dollars in software purchase costs the government would be free to add in any features they feel could increase security and productivity. And finally, as openoffice is fully compatible with MS Office documents, implementation could be made with minimal impact to end users.
Idea No. 636