Surely just about everyone was surprised when the Department of Defense last month named Microsoft the winner of the $ 10 billion 10-year JEDI cloud contract – no more than Amazon, the company that everyone assumed would be the winner. Today, the company confirmed earlier reports that it challenged contract awarding in the Court of Federal Claims.
The Federal Times broke this story.
In a statement, an Amazon spokesman suggested that there were possible bias and questions in the selection process. "AWS is uniquely experienced and qualified to provide the critical technology the U.S. military needs, and is still committed to supporting DoD's modernization efforts. We also believe it is crucial for our country that the government and elected leaders manage procurement objectively and in a way that is free of political influence.
"Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process included clear flaws, errors and unmistakable bias ̵[ads1]1; and it is important that these issues be investigated and rectified," an Amazon spokesman told TechCrunch.
It is certainly worth noting that the President has not disdained the Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, who is also the owner of the Washington Post newspaper. As I wrote in Even After Microsoft Won, JEDI- saga draw on:
Amazon, for example, could point to Jim Mattis' book in which he wrote that the president asked the then secretary of defense to " Kru Bezos out of the $ 10 billion Mattis says he refused and said he would go by the book, but it certainly leaves the door for a conflict issue.
Oracle also filed a number of protests throughout the process, including one to the Government Accountability Office which was later rejected. It also went to court and the case was closed. All protests claimed that the process favored Amazon. The end result proved that it did not.
The president withdrew in the decision-making process in August, and asked Secretary of Defense, Mark T. Esper, to inquire again about the procurement process somehow favoring Amazon, and the week the contract was awarded, the White House canceled the subscription to The Washington Post.
In October, the decision finally came and DOD chose Microsoft . Now, Amazon is challenging federal court, and the JEDI saga really isn't over until it's over.