The success of the open source software development process for the Dutch Covid-19 track and trace app is prompting the government to consider the same procedure for other projects, State Secretary for the Interior Raymond Knops has told the parliament.
BIT, in its 2019 annual review of government IT projects, concluded that the Dutch government lacks expertise in software development. This leads to projects being incorrectly set up, and important steps being missed or not properly carried out. The bureau warned the government that software is not reusable by default. Reusability requires skilled software developers, and there is the additional problem that generic reusable components are rare in governmental IT.
The process included a code security scan, which found a handful of small issues. This week, the health ministry announced it is considering bug bounties to help improve the security of the code.
The source code for the Dutch app is available online. The software is published using the European Union public licence (EUPL).