(SOE) to products such as Linux.
ATO second commissioner Greg Farr said an internal review of open-source software - done in conjunction with the Gartner Group - concluded that the
agency should evaluate and use open-source software where appropriate.
Mr Farr told a Senate Estimates hearing last week that the review of the ATO's standard operating environment, carried out as part of the agency's
substantial Change Program, would include specific consideration of open-source platforms that were not previously considered.
The cost of the Change Program is estimated to be up to $800 million.
Among the Gartner Group's key findings were that the ATO should develop an open-source policy and review procurement processes to better enable the
evaluation, selection and sharing of open-source software.