Over the past decade federal agencies have embraced open source software to do the seemingly impossible: improve and expand services while cutting costs.

In addition, in August 2016, the U.S. Government released the Federal Source Code Policy requiring at least 20 percent of new government custom-developed code be released as open source so that it can be reused by other federal agencies.

Combine this with the current priorities of cybersecurity, IT modernization, talent growth and retention, and the move to the cloud, federal agencies need the most nimble open source innovations to best meet current and expanding mission goals.

As such, government agencies are following the strategies of the world’s most innovative Web properties, and turning to MySQL and other open source technologies. MySQL is the world’s leading open source database and powers the most demanding Web, E-commerce and Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) applications in the world.

In this white paper, we review some of the reasons why open source and MySQL are ideally suited to government. We also provide a number of examples of where the MySQL open source database has enabled government organizations to develop and deploy innovative applications at a fraction of the cost of other alternatives.