Amazon is going to court to overturn the Pentagon’s decision to award Microsoft a cloud computing contract worth up to $10 billion, claiming the selection process for the so-called JEDI program was injected with “unmistakable bias” and “political influence.”
The Pentagon last month named Microsoft the winner in the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program after President Donald Trump publicly questioned whether the competition unfairly favored Amazon.
“Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias — and it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified,” Amazon Web Services said in a statement today.
Its protest, which is being filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, marks the latest hurdle for the contentious program, which has drawn a series of lawsuits, protests and a Department of Defense inspector general investigation.
Oracle, which was previously cut from the competition, also filed an appeal today with the U.S. Court of Appeals after a judge previously ruled against its allegations that the winner-takes-all contract unfairly limited competition. Oracle is also seeking an injunction to stop Microsoft from beginning work on the program while the case is tried.
Amazon says it believes it “is uniquely experienced and qualified to provide the critical technology the U.S. military needs, and remains committed to supporting the DoD’s modernization efforts.
“We also 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 company added.
Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine