Amazon Protest of the Department of Defense's Jedi Cloud Contract Award to Microsoft [Updated November 22, 2019] [open pdf - 565KB]
From the Document: "In September 2017, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a memorandum calling for the adoption of a Department of Defense (DOD) enterprise-wide cloud services solution. As part of its ongoing technology modernization efforts, DOD sought to acquire a commercial cloud services solution known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud. In April 2019, DOD selected Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (henceforth Amazon) to contend for the contract award from qualified proposals submitted by IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, and Oracle. In October 2019, DOD announced it had awarded the JEDI contract to Microsoft. [...] In November 2019, Amazon filed a post-award bid protest with COFC [U.S. Court of Federal Claims], alleging potentially improper 'political influence' in DOD's award decision and 'clear deficiencies' in the contract evaluation process. Many observers trace Amazon's accusation of political influence in part to President Donald Trump's July 2019 remarks that his Administration would 'take a very strong look' at the JEDI Cloud acquisition process."
CRS Insight, IN11203
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