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Google accuses California of rigging bidding process for e-mail contract

The Internet firm tried to compete for the pact but never formally joined the race because state officials drew up a lengthy list of requirements the company said was impossible for it to meet.

August 13, 2010|Marc Lifsher and David Sarno, Los Angeles Times

Indeed, many government clients are nervous about joining Google's cloud technology. Last year, the city of Los Angeles signed a deal with Google. So far, the partnership has been rocky.

The Los Angeles Police Department, which has strict rules about the way data are secured, has aired a number of complaints about the new system. And in June, Google missed a deadline to take over the 30,000-account system because of problems largely related to the LAPD security requirements.

Google executives have described those setbacks as "minor issues." Last week, the L.A. City Council voted to continue with the Google system, pending the resolution of the security concerns.

For now, California says it's moving forward. On June 29, the Department of General Services announced its intention to award a contract to the winning bidder, CompuCom Systems Inc., a Microsoft-affiliated information technology outsourcing company in Dallas. State officials have started negotiating the contract details with CompuCom.

The window to file a legal bid protest is now closed.

marc.lifsher@latimes.com

david.sarno@latimes.com

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