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Today, we’re pleased to announce that The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB), is on Office 365 for Government and has granted the Authority to Operate (ATO) under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). RATB was one of Microsoft’s first customers to migrate to the Office 365 for Government, a multi-tenant service that stores US government data in a segregated community cloud.
RATB is a non-partisan, non-political agency created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Board’s mission is to promote accountability by coordinating and conducting oversight of Recovery funds to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.
The organization is unique in that it was the first federal agency to move a government wide information system to a public cloud. Their initial migration of Recovery.gov to a public cloud provider was the first step in what has become a scalable, multi-cloud enterprise solution.
After evaluating other messaging offerings, such as Google Apps for Government, RATB decided Microsoft was more secure, would allow the agency to reduce costs, minimize disruption for existing users while avoiding user retraining costs. More importantly, Microsoft was uniquely able to offer RATB a hybrid deployment model that created a seamless experience for end users who had the same client experience throughout the agency’s migration to the cloud.
With the help of Office 365, RATB is focused on providing transparency, detecting and preventing fraud, waste and mismanagement of Recovery-related funds.