Interior says cloud e-mail data must be stored in US

The Interior Department has revised its cloud e-mail cloud procurement to specify that data must stored in the U.S. or its territories.

Interior officials want to standardize all 88,000 DOI personnel on a common e-mail and collaboration platform to give all employees improved communication and collaboration tools. The department posted a request for proposal Feb. 7, seeking potential vendors to provide cloud e-mail and collaboration services.

Amid concerns about privacy, cybersecurity and protection of data, Interior has amended the original RFP to specify that data at rest must physically reside in the U.S. or its territories.

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“Service provider information systems that access and store government data at rest must be located within the sole jurisdiction of the United States Federal Government (i.e., within the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam, and/or the Virgin Islands),” according to the amendment to the RFP posted Feb. 22 on

Moreover, “other ancillary provider systems located outside the Government Community or Private Cloud offering that may transmit government data must maintain and use end-to-end encrypted data services (i.e., between government data at rest and DOI connected clients),” the amendment states.

“Regardless of teaming arrangements, [the contractor] and its subcontractors shall comply with all required laws, rules, regulations, and standards,” Interior officials said.

Vendors responding to the RFP must submit proposals by 10 a.m. Eastern time Feb. 29. Primary point of contact is Gregory Ruderman, contracting officer, at Secondary point of contact is Brian Baker, contract specialist,

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Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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