The Software and Information Industry Association has reacted to comments Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen made about theÂ Microsoft-developed operating systemÂ Windows 10 on April 8 per aÂ Fedscoop report.
According to Fedscoop, Halvorsen saidÂ DoD plans to issue general guidance to department employees onÂ the potential application of Windows 10 on their personal computers.
SIIA President Ken WaschÂ toldÂ Defense SecretaryÂ Ashton Carter in a letterÂ WednesdayÂ the association believes Halvorsen’s remarks amount to a commercial product endorsement.
Wasch pointed toÂ theÂ DOD Joint Ethics Regulation and theÂ Code of Federal RegulationsÂ that prohibit federal officials and employees fromÂ endorsing non-federal products and services.
SIIA urgesÂ Halvorsen to publiclyÂ clarifyÂ thatÂ “DoD is not advocating for, or against, personal use of any vendorâs product,” WaschÂ noted.