How is it that Sandia can release government software as open source?

Sandia is a government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) national laboratory operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC. The authority to release open source software resides with the DOE, and Dakota has gone through a series of copyright assertion and classification approvals to allow release to the general public. Important proponents for the open source release of Sandia software are the DOE's Accelerated Strategic Computing (ASC) Program Office and the DOE's Office of Science.

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