Microsoft is Microsoft, watch your backside.
Until and unless people in government positions actually learn something about technical specifications and the ramifications of what those choices mean to society in the long term, then really poor choices like this will occur. Additionally given the unmitigated power and pure corruption of purpose that really lies at the ruthless heart of Microsoft (to be expected), then the ability of any state government to resist that evil, delivered with the kind of force that Microsoft is willing to use, requires people in government to have the backbone equal to the task... which they don't.
ODF is/was a light at the end of a very long tunnel, it actually is OPEN.
The deceit propagated by Microsoft with its pure lock-in file formats serve but one purpose... serving power to Microsoft at the expense of the human communication efficiency and freedom of choice.
Only a highly educated population can have the knowledge required to manage a technological democracy...
Allowing a system such as OOXML to take hold in a standard focused on "openness" demonstrates that the population in government is not there... and not ready, willing or able.