Federal Agency Boosts Google Apps Government Efforts
In a guest post at the Google Enterprise Blog, Paul R. Verkuil, the Chairman of the the Administrative Conference of the United States, puts his stamp of approval on Google Apps for Government. Why is that a big deal? The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) is in charge of making cost-saving, efficiency-boosting recommendations to federal agencies, departments, regulatory boards and anyone else connected to the US Government.
That makes it a major PR win for Google Apps, which has come under fire (mainly from the direction of Microsoft) for not meeting federal regulatory compliance needs. But in his guest blog, Verkuil singles out Google Apps for Government’s FISMA certification as a key source of their confidence.
ACUS itself is using Google Apps for a public-facing Google Calendar section of their website and for productivity on the inside, citing all the usual benefits of a Google deployment: lower costs, better collaboration, and a familiar interface.
But the real story is a voice in the Federal Government that’s willing to stand behind a cloud solution for the potential savings it could bring public servants and by extension, the taxpayers. That it’s Google Apps he’s throwing in with is just icing on the cake for Google partners.