PENTAGON: MICROSOFT’S JEDI CLOUD COMPUTING DEAL IS BEST
The US Defense Department said on Friday (Saturday, September 5, 2020 in Manila) it has completed a comprehensive re-evaluation of its $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract proposals and determined that Microsoft Corp.’s submission still represents the best value for the government, David Shepardson and Eric Beech reported for Reuters.
Despite the reaffirmed award, the result of a comprehensive re-evaluation by the US Department of Defense, the contract remains on hold after a judge in February granted Amazon.com Inc.’s request to temporarily halt the deal from moving forward.
Amazon, which has argued the contract process reflected undue influence from President Donald Trump, said on Friday it would “not back down in the face of targeted political cronyism or illusory corrective actions, and we will continue pursuing a fair, objective, and impartial review.”
The company called the Pentagon’s “re-evaluation nothing more than an attempt to validate a flawed, biased, and politically corrupted decision” and said in the last review it “offered a lower cost by several tens of millions of dollars.” Amazon, which had been seen as a front-runner to win the contract, filed a lawsuit in November weeks after the contract was awarded to Microsoft. Trump has publicly derided Amazon head Jeff Bezos and repeatedly criticized the company.