The Interior Department plans to reopen bidding on a contract to move its 88,000 email users to a single cloud-based system, according to apresolicitation notice posted Monday, four months after the departmentagreed to toss a 2010 award for that transition to Microsoft Corp.
The department withdrew the original award in exchange for a federal judge’s agreement to also dismiss a yearlong legal challenge by Google, which said Interior unfairly structured the contract in such a way that essentially guaranteed Microsoft would win.
Interior will be the largest department to date to move to an agencywide cloud-based email system. The current record is held by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which moved its 25,000 employees to the Google Apps for Government system in December 2011.
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