Cloud Is Coming to EPA

As part of an initiative to save $5 billion by moving one-fourth of the federal government’s technology burden to the cloud, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that it will move about 25,000 employees and contractors to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 for Government email, calendar and collaboration system by early 2013.

EPA signed a $9.8 million contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. to manage the transition, which the agency expects will save $12 million in four years.

“This transition will improve EPA employees’ access to communications and mobility tools and will offer the EPA significant cost savings by reducing the agency’s energy footprint,” Microsoft and Lockheed say in a joint statement.

EPA will join a growing list of agencies that already have moved to cloud-based email and collaboration systems, including the General Services Administration and the Agriculture Department. Most agencies have moved to systems offered by either Microsoft or Google.

As part of an initiative to save $5 billion by moving one-fourth of the federal government’s technology burden to the cloud, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that it will move about 25,000 employees and contractors to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 for Government email, calendar and collaboration system by early 2013.

EPA signed a $9.8 million contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. to manage the transition, which the agency expects will save $12 million in four years.

“This transition will improve EPA employees’ access to communications and mobility tools and will offer the EPA significant cost savings by reducing the agency’s energy footprint,” Microsoft and Lockheed say in a joint statement.

EPA will join a growing list of agencies that already have moved to cloud-based email and collaboration systems, including the General Services Administration and the Agriculture Department. Most agencies have moved to systems offered by either Microsoft or Google.

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