Last Thursday, the US Department of Defense did a court filing in which it said that it wishes to reconsider its decision of awarding a 10 Million dollar JEDI cloud contract to the tech giant Microsoft. The lawyers of the US Government urged the judge to allow the Pentagon a span or 120 days to ponder over several aspects of the decision of the agency.
Pentagon ‘wishes to reconsider’ awarding JEDI contract to Microsoft
The Department of Defense marked in a filing made to the US Court of Federal Claims as reported by Reuters. The court filing asked for three months’ time to re-evaluate the proposal by Microsoft and then arrive at a decision.
Amazon was the Frontrunner
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In February 2020, Patricia Campbell Smith the judge at the US Court of Federal Claims called out an injunction for stopping Microsoft from working on the Jedi project that was given to the company on Oct. 25, 2020, even though Amazon was considering more deserving.
Campbell ordered Amazon to post 42 Million as the award was flawed as per company
Campbell’s opinion was not released in written format though she ordered Amazon to display 42 million dollars as the injunction was issued wrongly.
“We are pleased that the DoD has acknowledged ‘substantial and legitimate’ issues that affected the JEDI award decision, and that corrective action is necessary.
We look forward to complete, fair, and effective corrective action that fully insulates the re-evaluation from political influence and corrects the many issues affecting the initial flawed award,”.
Amazon Claims Azure technology insufficient
Amazon had earlier said that Microsoft cloud solution AZURE did not meet the JEDI cloud project requirements as detailed by the Pentagon. In the filing, it is noted that “DoD does not intend to conduct discussions with offerors or to accept proposed revisions concerning any aspect of the solicitation other than price scenario”. The Pentagon is looking forward to reconsidering the contract by a revaluation of Microsoft’s price proposals and the online markets.
Amazon Called Out to Reconduct Review of Proposals
Amazon has shown its disagreement over the contract and even called out the US DoD to cancel the contract and reconduct a review of the proposals. It has said that President Trump does not favor Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and thus Microsoft has won the multi-Billion-dollar federal contract.