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Sworn Statement Proves That Google Apps for Government Is Not Certified.

WASHINGTON -- The following was issued today by Citizens Against Government Waste:

Following up on questions raised about Google Apps for Government in an April 12 Senate hearing, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims today released a sworn statement from the General Services Administration (GSA) that the program has not been certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). Nonetheless, the company continues to make such a claim on its website.

The issue of certification was brought up by Senate Federal Financial Management Subcommittee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) following a letter from Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) to subcommittee members asking, among other questions, whether or not Google Apps for Government had been certified under FISMA. GSA Associate Administrator for the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies Doug McClure stated at the hearing that Google Apps Premier was FISMA certified, but that Google Apps for Government was a new product or "subset" of Premier. He said that GSA had to re-certify the product, "based on those changes that Google has announced for the 'Apps for Government' product offering." It was not clear at that time if he was talking about re-certifying Premier, or certifying Apps for Government for the first time. His sworn statement makes it clear that Apps for Government is not certified at all.

Mr. McClure told the Court of Claims that "no final determination has been made by GSA regarding FISMA certification for Google Apps for Government." There is nothing vague about that statement, and it undermines every representation made by Google, both on its website and in discussions with federal agencies, that Google Apps for Government is FISMA certified. GSA's separate public statement, attached to Mr. McClure's sworn declaration, reiterates that Google Apps Premier is certified, but GSA is working "with Google to review the additional controls to update the existing July 2010 FISMA certification." The agency's evaluation will determine if the "additional controls" will be "rolled into" that certification. Regardless of the outcome of the review, Google Apps for Government has clearly not been approved under FISMA.

CAGW President Tom Schatz said, "The taxpayers' money and the integrity of the procurement process are both at risk when a contractor makes claims that are not supported by the facts. Companies cannot be permitted to represent their products as meeting important government standards when they have not been approved. We urge GSA and the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management to require that Google remove the claim of FISMA certification from its website and any other documents until GSA completes its review of Google Apps for Government and officially approves or disapproves the product."

Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in government.
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