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Its not directly referred to much, but it is a great set of capability.
Don't get me wrong, the government can benefit greatly from the OSS community, and i also personally believe it should consider more OSS when looking for solutions to its problems. It is just many of the public policies, laws, and regulations make it much harder to do that than John Q. Public.
Ownership: who the hell do i talk to if there is an issue?
Security: who contributed to this project? Are they friendly? can i trust them? If there is a security issue, who fixes it? (me or them)
Responsibility: who is responsible for maintaining and updating this software? Do they care about my business? Do they care about the project to keep it up to date?
Reaction Time: if i find an issue, how long does it take for it to be fixed? will they fix it, or expect me to?
Additionally, It is very hard to push the onus of an issue onto a foundation, it is much easier however, to push it onto a controlling company.