Governments Consider FISMA-Certified Google Apps

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With Google Apps for Government, the company that seems to have its fingers everywhere hopes to move further into the government sector. The $50-per-user-per-year bundle includes GMail, Google Docs, Google Sites, and video sharing that meets Federal Information Security Management Act standards, and Google is using it to try to entice governments large and small into switching from their current platforms.


The official announcement came Tuesday after Google got word that Apps had been certified FISMA compliant. According to The Wall Street Journal, part of that certification requires "keeping data generated by those applications in a system in the U.S. that is segregated from [the data owned by] customers outside the government."


The General Services Administration, a federal agency whose technology decisions often drive decisions in other government agencies, is in the process of choosing between Google's offering and Microsoft's, the story says.


Even before Google Apps for Government received FISMA certification, several state and local agencies had opted for Google simply as a cost-saving measure. The District of Columbia, the City of Orlando, Fla., and Larimer County, Colo., are among them. The City of Los Angeles, Calif., also agreed to make the switch in April, but Google recently missed a key implementation deadline on that project, which means migration will take longer.


The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday:

The delay marks a significant setback for Google's push to enter the lucrative business of shifting companies and governments to computer systems that reside online.