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)
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.