Pentagon Upholds JEDI Cloud Contract Award to Microsoft

Pentagon Upholds JEDI Cloud Contract Award to Microsoft

The Department of Defense has reaffirmed its decision to award the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract to Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) after conducting a reassessment of proposals.

DoD said Friday JEDI is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract that will provide agencies across the department access to a complete range of cloud service offerings.

The Pentagon initially awarded the JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft in October 2019 but Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) filed a federal suit in Washington a month after to challenge DoD’s decision.

A federal judge issued in February a preliminary injunction directing DoD to stop work on the JEDI contract in response to a lawsuit filed by Amazon. In April, Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims approved DoD’s request for a 120-day remand to re-evaluate its contract award decision.

In mid-August, the Pentagon asked for a 30-day extension to review certain aspects of the pricing proposals of Microsoft and Amazon Web Services and said in a court filing that it expected the re-evaluation process to finish by early September.

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