Amazon asks court to pause Microsoft work on $10 billion Pentagon cloud deal
Amazon filed a lawsuit in November in the US Court of Federal Claims alleging that the US Defense Department failed to fairly judge its bid for the JEDI contract because Trump viewed Jeff Bezos as his “political enemy”Updated: Jan 23, 2020 12:06 IST
Amazon has asked a court to temporarily block Microsoft from working on a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract until a lawsuit challenging its validity is resolved.
The company’s cloud unit, Amazon Web Services, said in a statement Wednesday night that it was “common practice” to stay contract performance while a protest was pending, adding that it’s “important that the numerous evaluation errors and blatant political interference that impacted the JEDI award decision be reviewed.”
Amazon filed a lawsuit in November in the US Court of Federal Claims alleging that the US Defense Department failed to fairly judge its bid for the so-called Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, contract because President Donald Trump viewed Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos as his “political enemy”.
The president has long criticized Bezos over everything from the shipping rates his company pays the US Postal Service to his personal ownership of what Trump calls “the Amazon Washington Post.”
In October, the Defense Department awarded Microsoft the contract to modernize the Pentagon’s computing infrastructure. The lawsuit seeks to prohibit the department from proceeding with the deal without a new evaluation or award decision. The Pentagon did not immediately return a request for comment late Wednesday night.
The Pentagon’s JEDI project is designed to consolidate the department’s cloud computing infrastructure and modernize its technology systems. Amazon was widely seen as the front-runner for the contract because it previously won a lucrative cloud deal from the Central Intelligence Agency and had earned the highest levels of federal security authorizations.