A United States government specification, published in 1990, that essentially required all government networking products to be compliant with the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) protocols. In 1995, a new directive modified that position by allowing federal government agencies to acquire products in compliance with IETF, ITU-T, or ISO protocols. The GOSIP initiative fostered a significant movement towards standards-based, rather than proprietary, solutions. See also IETF, ISO, ITU-T, OSI, protocol, and standards.
(Government Open Systems Interconnection Profile) A U.S. government mandate that after August 15, 1990, all new network procurements must comply with OSI. Testing is performed at the NIST, which maintains a database of OSI-compliant commercial products. GOSIP also allows TCP/IP protocols to be used. Since broad adoption of OSI standards never came to fruition, GOSIP evolved into POSIT (Profiles for Open Systems Internetworking Technologies), which is a set of non-mandatory standards that acknowledge the widespread use of TCP/IP.