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Report: DoD Requests 120 Days to Review JEDI Contract Award Decision

Jeff Brody

The Department of Defense said it intends to “reconsider certain aspects” of its move to award the potential 10-year, $10B Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract to Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), GeekWire reported Thursday.

DoD asked the court for 120 days to review the contract decision and reconsider its assessment of the bidders’ “online marketplace offerings,” according to a motion for voluntary remand obtained by the publication.

“We are pleased that the DoD has acknowledged ‘substantial and legitimate’ issues that affected the JEDI award decision, and that corrective action is necessary,” a spokesperson for Amazon Web Services said in a statement.

A federal judge issued in February a preliminary injunction ordering the Pentagon to stop work on the JEDI contract in response to a lawsuit filed by Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) in November.

“We believe the Department of Defense made the correct decision when they awarded the contract,” Frank Shaw, a spokesperson for Microsoft, said in a statement. “However, we support their decision to reconsider a small number of factors as it is likely the fastest way to resolve all issues and quickly provide the needed modern technology to people across our armed forces.”

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