Licensing Free and Open Source Software in the Public Sector

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Government agencies are increasingly using free (non-proprietary) and open source software (aka FOSS) to build major IT systems. But FOSS is uncharted territory for many public sector IT professionals, and raises questions about licensing, compliance, vendor management, and more.

Legal and procurement experts Jonathan Mostowski and Marc Jones will break down these complex topics and show how technologists, procurement specialists, and IT managers in the public sector can harness the benefits of free and open source software.

Topics will include:

- Free Software / Open Source licensing
- Designing and automating compliance systems
- Designing and implementing systems to work with multiple stakeholders
- Vendor management / Contracting
- Free software development and project management

- 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Networking (pizza + wine/beer)
- 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Intros + Speakers + Discussion
- 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.: Networking


Jonathan Mostowski, President of Agile Acquisitions, LLC & Founder of

Jonathan Mostowski is the President of Agile Acquisitions, LLC, a consulting company focused on providing Subject Matter Expertise to companies and local governments looking to develop strategies, drive culture change, and increase their return on investment in acquisitions.
Previously Jonathan was a Senior Contracting Officer at NGA. Jonathan led numerous source selections, developed and implemented innovative acquisition solutions, and served as an agency lead for Agility and Strategic Initiatives.

Jonathan also led the acquisition and transition of over 130 dedicated data centers worldwide to a single virtualized private cloud environment, implemented node connectivity worldwide for critical mission programs, and led industry interaction to improve agency acquisition process.

Marc Jones, In-House Counsel and Compliance Engineer, Civic Actions

Marc has been working with free and open source software for almost two decades as a technologist, attorney, and manager. Currently Marc is lucky enough to wear two different hats at CivicActions where is he a compliance engineer and in-house counsel. He gets to work with an awesome team of DevOps engineers to implement automated systems for big and small government agencies. Despite his law degree they occasionally trust him to write a little bit of code every once and awhile.

Prior to joining the team at CivicActions, Marc worked as a technology manager and systems architect for over 15 years at the University of Connecticut.

Marc was also a staff attorney and an attorney-fellow at the Software Freedom Law Center, a boutique law firm focused on free and open source software licenses and providing legal representation to free and open source developers.

Marc graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law where he was a Linda Ilkowitz Scholar and a member of the Quinnipiac Law Review Editorial Board. In addition to his law degree Marc also has a Certificate in Data Protection Practice from the Law Society of Ireland and holds certifications as both a CISSP and a CIPP/US.