recommended reading

Interior rebids cloud email contract

The Interior Department issued a new solicitation for cloud email services Tuesday.

The department withdrew an earlier solicitation in September 2011 after a yearlong legal battle during which Google challenged Interior's award of the $59 million contract to Softchoice, which offers a Microsoft-based system.

A federal judge agreed to dismiss the case in exchange for Interior's withdrawal of the contract. Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite and Google's Google Apps for Government have proved among the most popular cloud email choices for government agencies in recent years.

Microsoft Office is currently the standard email system for Interior's 92,000 employees.

Interior will be among the largest agencies yet to move to a cloud-based email system. The General Services Administration and the Agriculture Department also have migrated to cloud-based systems, as have other agencies.

The goal of Tuesday's request for proposals, according to a cover letter, is to reduce the cost of email and collaboration services while "providing Interior's employees with secure, modern, reliable communication and collaboration tools." It should include "cloud-based email archiving [and] journaling, instant messaging, desktop videoconferencing, Web-based collaboration systems, and support for connecting mobile devices while ensuring that appropriate security and privacy safeguards are met."

The deadline for proposals is Feb. 29.

The Office of Management and Budget has directed all agencies to shift three services to the cloud by May and expects to save $5 billion annually by moving roughly one-fourth of the government's computing to the cloud by 2015.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.