The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced that its "moving 17,000 employees and contractors to Google Apps for Government." GSA oversees the business of the U.S. federal government, providing real estate and building management services as well as acquisition and procurement assistance to other federal agencies.
GSA is leading the way in embracing the federal government's "cloud first" policy, under which agencies should opt for hosted apps when secure, reliable, cost-effective options are available.
"GSA's decision to switch to Google Apps resulted from a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process that took place over the past six months, during which the agency evaluated multiple proposals for replacing their existing on-premises email system. GSA selected Google partner Unisys as the prime contractor to migrate all employees in 17 locations around the world to an integrated, flexible and robust email and collaboration service in 2011.
We're thrilled that GSA has chosen to move to the cloud with Google and look forward to expanding our productive partnership with them," stated Google.