Microsoft Gets Security Clearance from USDA

Kara Reeder

The Seattle Times reports that Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal has received security certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In a blog post, Microsoft says:

As a result of this action, the USDA is migrating 120,000 employees to Microsoft's BPOS-Federal service.

FISMA certification has been a hot topic of late, after Microsoft claimed earlier this month that "Google Apps for Government" had not been certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act. Microsoft and Google have been battling it out for their share of the government pie. The backdrop for the battle is a lawsuit by Google against the U.S. Department of Interior, which claims that the agency's procurement requirements for a messaging contract stacked the deck in favor of Microsoft.

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