Microsoft was initially awarded the Joint Company Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, deal in Oct 2019 following experiencing off versus other tech giants like IBM, Oracle, and Amazon in a intense, yearslong bidding method.
The Pentagon agreed to reopen a few technical aspects of the solicitation, allowing AWS and Microsoft to alter their original bids.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it will move forward with Microsoft as the victor of its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract.More news: Mosquitoes in Chatham test positive for West Nile Virus
The announcement comes roughly a year after the DoD made its original decision to offer Microsoft the bid but was unable to crown the company as the official victor due to Amazon's legally issued objections. "Proposal revisions on remand will be constrained by the storage solutions and unit prices contained in offerors' final proposal revisions".
The US Defence Department has completed a comprehensive re-evaluation of its US$10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract proposals and determined that Microsoft's submission still represents the best value for the government.
However, while numerous specialists highlighted a potential success for Amazon upon revaluation, it would appear that the online business goliath will once more leave with nothing.More news: ‘Panic buy’: Paul Merson gives his verdict on new Man United signing
It also said that the contract performance will not begin immediately. The JEDI Cloud contract is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that will make a full range of cloud computing services available to the DoD. The pushback was swift: Amazon filed a federal court complaint claiming that it only lost the contract because U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to "screw" over Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (which, granted, Trump's history of disdain for the man isn't exactly a secret) and won a U.S. federal court injunction in February to pause work on the project pending an investigation into "unmistakable bias" and other issues in the procurement process. Given the DoD did not agree to meaningfully review the many evaluation flaws outlined in our protest, we said the corrective action was likely to result in another contract award based on politics and improper influence and not based on the relative strengths of the two offerings. The DoD's decision to intentionally ignore the clear cost benefits offered by AWS, reinforces the fact that this corrective action was never meant to be fair.
Welcoming the decision, Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft corporate vice president for communications in a statement said, "We appreciate that after careful review, the D.O.D. confirmed that we offered the right technology and the best value".
"We strongly disagree with the DoD's flawed evaluation and believe it's critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence", the long statement in support of its position read.More news: Trump Reverses Pentagon’s Decision to Shutter Stars and Stripes Newspaper