EPA IG kicks off audit of Lockheed cloud project

The inspector general for the Environmental Protection Agency has kicked off an audit of the agency’s recently completed migration of its email and collaboration software to the cloud.

EPA migrated to the cloud earlier this year via a contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. Lockheed and Microsoft worked together on the $9.8 million project. When Lockheed won the contract in October, it claimed that EPA would save $12 million over the life of the four-year contract.

In its notification of the audit of EPA Cloud Computer Intiative, the IG said it would look at whether EPA was following the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy and associated requirements.

It also will look whether EPA has developed a formal process to monitor Lockheed Martin.

EPA’s Office of Environmental Information has agreed to provide a breakdown of in-house costs of email and collaboration solutions for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 that were transferred to the cloud.

The IG also wants to know the cost of storing email that has not been migrated.

Lockheed Martin officials declined to comment on the audit because it is an internal EPA matter.

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