GSA Issues Revised Cloud Email RFQ

November 23, 2011

The General Services Administration has issued a revised Request for Quotation for cloud email services after its first RFQ was shot down by the Government Accountability Office, Federal News Radio reported.

GAO struck down the original RFQ in October saying GSA hadn't given a reasonable explanation for why cloud-based servers holding agencies' email data could only be in countries designated under the 1979 Trade Agreements Act.

That list includes war-riddled nations and failed or failing states such as Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, vendors protesting the RFQ pointed out, but restricts some major tech havens, such as India, Brazil and South Africa.

The amended RFQ simply requires vendors to describe where all of their servers are located, but does not list any restricted nations, according to the Federal News Radio report. 

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