We have seen a whole lot of motion this week because the DoD tries to lastly decide the ultimate winner of the $10 billion, decade lengthy DoD JEDI cloud contract. Today, the DoD launched a press release that after reviewing the proposals from finalists Microsoft and Amazon once more, it reiterated that Microsoft was the winner of the contract.
“The Department has accomplished its complete re-evaluation of the JEDI Cloud proposals and decided that Microsoft’s proposal continues to signify the most effective worth to the Government. The JEDI Cloud contract is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that may make a full vary of cloud computing companies obtainable to the DoD,” The DoD stated in a press release.
This comes on the heels of yesterday’s Court of Appeals resolution denying Oracle’s argument that the procurement course of was flawed and that there was a battle of curiosity as a result of a former Amazon worker helped write the necessities for the RFP.
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While the DoD has decided that it believes that Microsoft ought to nonetheless get the contract, after deciding on them final October, that doesn’t imply that that is the top of the road for this long-running saga. In truth, a federal choose halted work on the mission in February pending a listening to on an on-going protest from Amazon, which believes it ought to have gained based mostly on advantage, and the actual fact it believes the president interfered with the procurement course of to stop Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post from getting the profitable contract.
The DoD confirmed that the mission couldn’t start till the authorized wrangling was settled. “While contract efficiency won’t start instantly as a result of Preliminary Injunction Order issued by the Court of Federal Claims on February 13, 2020, DoD is keen to start delivering this functionality to our women and men in uniform,” the DoD reported in a press release.
A Microsoft spokesperson stated the corporate was able to get to work on the mission as quickly because it acquired the OK to proceed. “We respect that after cautious overview, the DoD confirmed that we provided the fitting expertise and the most effective worth. We’re able to get to work and ensure that those that serve our nation have entry to this a lot wanted expertise,” a Microsoft spokesperson advised TechCrunch.
While it takes us one step nearer to the top of the street for this long-running drama, it gained’t be over till the court docket guidelines on Amazon’s arguments.
Note: We despatched a request for remark to Amazon, and can replace the story if we hear again from them.
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