The actual Request for Information:
Includes choice quotes like (emphasis mine):
The federal government recognizes the immense benefits of open-source software, which enables software development at an incredible pace and fosters significant innovation and collaboration. In light of these factors, as well as the status of open-source software as a free public good, it may be appropriate to make open-source software a national public priority to help ensure the security, sustainability, and health of the open-source software ecosystem.
Potential Areas of Focus
- Area: Secure Open-Source Software Foundations
- Sub-area: Fostering the adoption of memory safe programming languages
- Supporting rewrites of critical open-source software components in memory safe languages
- Addressing software, hardware, and database interdependencies when refactoring open-source software to memory safe languages
- Developing tools to automate and accelerate the refactoring of open-source software components to memory safe languages, including code verification techniques.
I wonder if anyone here is an expert in memory-safe programming languages or open-source software and would be interested in helping the US govt decide where to throw its money to promote these topics?