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An investigation by the U.S. Defense Department’s watchdog found the procurement process that led to Microsoft winning the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, worth up to US$10 billion, was consistent with federal laws and processes. (Wall Street Journal)

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Talking point: The investigation followed complaints from unsuccessful bidders, including Oracle and Amazon. The latter filed a formal motion in January to halt the contract, after claiming “unmistakable bias” against it in the procurement process; in February, a federal judge ordered Microsoft to pause its work on JEDI. While the Pentagon and Microsoft said the new report validates the JEDI decision, the contract is still on hold pending a ruling by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on the Amazon allegations. Meanwhile, U.S. federal departments may avoid similar procurement disputes in the future by opening up contracts to multiple providers, like the CIA plans to do with its own cloud computing deals.

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Amazon is disputing in U.S. federal court the October 2019 decision to award Microsoft the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) procurement, which could be worth up to US$10 billion. The Pentagon wants to review part of its pricing methodology, as well as the online marketplaces through which agencies pick cloud applications. (Washington Post)

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Talking point: The Pentagon insists its evaluation of the two bids was “fair and unbiased,” but the presiding judge found some methodological flaws. If granted, the defense department’s request would add yet another delay to the project. In February, the judge imposed a temporary halt on the contract. Evan as Amazon has pursued JEDI through the courts, it’s faced increased competition for other government business. In February, the CIA said it’s planning a “multicloud ecosystem” for its upcoming computing needs, instead of awarding a single big contract as it did in 2013, when Amazon won the US$600 million deal.