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Did Google Mislead Government About Its Security Certification for Google Apps for Government? (Updated)

Last year, the Department of the Interior decided to replace its 13 aging email system for its 88,000 employees with Microsoft’s cloud-based offering. Google, which was also in the competition for this contract, which is worth an estimated $59 million over five years, filed a lawsuit shortly after the contract went to Microsoft, claiming that the process was not fair and open. In its filing (PDF), which were unsealed by the court last week, Google claimed on multiple occasions that its offering was certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). Among other things, FISMA sets out to establish minimum security requirements for information systems used by the U.S. government.