It looks like neither Microsoft nor Google will walk away with the contract for the Department of the Interior's cloud services.
Remember that mess? After the contract was awarded to Microsoft, Google sued the government to prevent its execution. At first I thought Google was just being ridiculous, but then I read that the request for bids specified only Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal could be used. That just made me mad. So much for the Plain Writing Act, not to mention fair and open competition. Needless to say Google sought and won an injunction.
This week, InformationWeek reported the government agreed to "scrap" the contract if Google dropped the lawsuit. So it's back to the drawing board for the Department of the Interior. Google is undoubtedly pleased with the opportunity to compete for the contract. But the decision doesn't mean the agency will automatically reissue the procurement request for cloud-based email and collaboration services.
Adam Fetcher told InformationWeek:
We intend to conduct research to evaluate the cloud computing marketplace's evolution over the past 18 months. If the research indicates that market conditions warrant a new procurement ... the Department will proceed in that manner.