Amazon urged judge to set aside $10 billion cloud contract award to Microsoft

Platform News: Amazon building urged a US judge to throw out the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract award after the Defense Department said in September a court-ordered re-evaluation had determined Microsoft’s proposal still represented the best value for the authorities.

The organization’s Amazon Web Services unit stated in a redacted Oct. 23 court filing unsealed on Tuesday that the award to Microsoft has to “be invalidated because it is the product of systematic bias, bad faith, and undue influence exerted by President Trump to steer the award away from” the provider. It called it a “flawed and politically corrupted decision.”

The Pentagon didn’t immediately comment.

Microsoft said in a statement Tuesday “career procurement officials at the DoD decided that given the superior technical advantages and overall value, we continued to offer the best solution.”

It included “it is time we moved on and got this technology in the hands of those who urgently need it: the women and men who protect our nation.”

An estimate in February granted Amazon’s petition to temporarily stop the deal by moving forward.

Amazon, that had been viewed as a front-runner to acquire the contract, filed a suit in November 2019 following the contract was awarded to Microsoft. Trump has openly derided Amazon mind Jeff Bezos and criticized the company.

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Amazon’s new filing stated Trump and his government “intensified a campaign of interference and retribution against those in DoD perceived as disloyal to the president or capable of reaching conclusions at odds with his personal interests.”

The company argued the latest Pentagon inspection was “riddled with errors even more egregious than those that plagued the initial award,” and that the Pentagon “manipulated its evaluations to a degree that belies any façade of rationality.”

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract could reach as much as $10 billion and is part of a broader digital modernization of the Pentagon.

Then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the Pentagon made its choice fairly. Trump fired Esper last month.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by David Shepardson. Editing by Rosalba O’Brien and Sonya Hepinstall.

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