Public comments ended last Friday. Here's what I submitted...
Dear Ms Pepoli-
I urge you to review and change the ETRM 4.0 policy from ODF + OOXML back to ODF-only.
It is morally and pragmatically detrimental to the citizens of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (of which group I am now proudly a member) to have Microsoft's proprietary XML formats (which subsume the few benefits of XML in onerous lock-in mechanisms) included in the state's procurement policy.
It is my informed belief that accepting both formats will produce WORSE software constipation at all levels of use than we have ever experienced before.
While ODF is proving difficult to implement on a practical basis (and you & I know precisely how this is so), developments in the open standards field will in time stimulate a deployable solution. (As you know, solutions have already been identified.) If The Commonwealth feels the frictions of deployment particularly acutely now it's because The Commonwealth was and remains first to challenge the issue. The ITD pilot alone will have saved other organizations millions, since they no longer need to repeat the work -- this is part of the progress we all make together.
Adhering firmly to the confidence of earlier convictions by changing back ETRM 4.0 to ODF-only will accelerate the changes necessary to make ODF the freely deployable solution to a workable XML document format future for the Commonwealth.
You can be assured in this rapidly changing field of technology that your decision will influence many important decisions by your counterparts across the nation and the world which will reinforce a decision in this case based upon moral & practical principles.