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This week, at Google's unveiling of Google Apps for Government, its cloud computing platform for federal agencies, Google maintained that the project is still on track, despite the setbacks.
"The City's move to the cloud is the first of its kind, and we're very pleased with the progress to date, with more than 10,000 City employees already using Google Apps for Government and $5.5 million in expected cost savings to Los Angeles taxpayers," Google said in a statement. "It's not surprising that such a large government initiative would hit a few speed bumps along the way, and we're working closely with CSC and the City to meet their evolving requirements in a timely manner and ensure the project is a great success for Los Angeles."
The main speed bump Google faces is the LAPD and its fears around the security of data stored in the cloud and wants to ensure proper safeguards, like encryption and background checks for Google personnel, are in place before the police department cuts over to Google.
Meanwhile, the delays have blackened Google's reputation in the City of Los Angeles.
"Google comes in with this sweetheart deal that was supposed to be state of the art -- supposed to make wonders -- and obviously they haven't performed," L.A. Councilman Dennis Zine said in a committee meeting last week, The L.A. Times reported.
At that same meeting, Maggie Goodrich, the LAPD's chief information officer, told council members that the security requirements her department needed had not been delivered.
"Whose fault was that?" Zine asked.
"In my opinion, it was Google that didn't deliver the security requirements," Goodrich responded, The L.A. Times wrote.
The City Council will again review the Google project at a meeting planned for August 4.