Google facing hurdles in bid to provide email service to governments

More than a year after the city of L.A. awarded Google a contract to provide email for its employees, the city controller has launched an inquiry over delays.Google Inc.’s big push to supply email services to governments around the country is running into headwinds both from federal agencies and its marquee client, Los Angeles City Hall.More than a year after the city awarded Google a $7.2-million contract to provide email for its 30,000 employees, Google has been unable to meet crucial security requirements, preventing nearly half of city personnel from moving to the new system, according to city officials. The city’s controller has launched an inquiry, and City Council members have held closed-door meetings to confer with attorneys, raising the possibility of legal action.The U.S. Justice Department is also raising questions about Google’s claims that its email system had received federal security accreditation, which the Internet search giant has touted as a key feature of its Google Apps for Government product.,0,6531667.story

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