Government contracts have to be competed fairly and openly. It turns out that an RFP that asks for bids to provide a system whose requirements are pulled from Microsoft’s product guides is not really open competition. About time somebody called them on it.
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Seems the Department’s Request for Quotations on the project required standardization on Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite, which means Google’s Apps solution was necessarily shut out of bidding. “Significantly, the SOW (statement of work) and even certain terminology were closely aligned with Microsoft’s product literature for its Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Communications Online applications,” Google said in its complaint. “This was because the DOI had defined its needs and requirements around the Microsoft products.”
Update: So the government tried to exclude Google using that old “not secure enough” bogeyman. But I guess Google took offense at building a government compliant infrastructure at great expense only to continue being ignored.
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According to the complaint, the DOI said that Google Apps didn’t meet the security needs of the agency. Google contends that it does have a federal government compliant security infrastructure in place, and the decision was based on limiting the scope to Microsoft products.