theodp (442580) writes "Explaining the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) move of 25K employees to Google Apps (under an $11.5 million, 3-year contract), Google noted that 'Google Apps allows NOAA's scientists and staff to get their email and other information wherever their work may take them.' Which, presumably, could include Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's always-Internet-ready Lone Ranger, a $48 million yacht that was retrofitted into a research vessel for the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), which SOI Research Fellow and NOAA Project Lead Peter Etnoyer notes has a 'unique public/private partnership' with NOAA (a long-term MOA between SOI and NOAA was developed in 2010). Or perhaps judging a $1.4 million prize contest for Schmidt's wife Wendy. Or working on other NOAA-Google R&D partnership ocean-science projects. BTW, while Google announced that the 'NOAA [is] the largest federal agency to complete the switch to cloud-based email and collaboration tools,' Computerworld reports that 'the agency is also giving its users the flexibility to use a variety of email clients, as well as the option of continuing to use Microsoft Office.'"