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    Can a Contractor get a copy of the USG developed software and documentation? How would a Contractor obtain a copy? Freedom of Information Request? If I do obtain a copy, what are the data rights, ie. can I make copies, modify, etc assuming I comply with underlying commerical licenses (Windows, etc.)?


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    There is a difference between data maintained in a system of records on a computer which might be subject to a FOIA request and the program itself.  Obviously, we have no authority to provide a copy of proprietary software, if, for example, our program calls up sub routines requiring e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel or Access.  The Government is not
    required to give out copies of software programs that it has written.

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