Amazon urges the decide to award Microsoft By Reuters a $ 10 billion cloud contract

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amazon.com (NASDAQ 🙂 urged a US judge to cancel the Pentagon’s $ 10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract after the Department of Defense dated September Court ordered reassessment Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ 🙂 ‘s proposal was still the best value for the government.

The company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) unit stated in an unsealed Tuesday and October 23 legal case that the award to Microsoft “must be invalidated because it is the product of systematic bias, malice and influence President Trump’s award is “steer away from the company.” It called it a “flawed and politically corrupt decision”.

The White House declined to comment and referred questions to the Justice Department. The Pentagon did not respond immediately.

Microsoft said in a statement on Tuesday, “The DoD career procurement staff have determined that given the superior technical benefits and overall value, we will continue to provide the best solution.”

It added, “It’s time we go ahead and get this technology into the hands of those who need it badly: the women and men who are protecting our nation.”

AWS said in a statement Tuesday that as a result of the Pentagon revision in September, “the price gap has fluctuated significantly and AWS is now the offer with the lowest price of tens of millions of dollars.”

A judge granted Amazon’s motion to temporarily halt the deal in February. that stays in place.

The court is considering motions to dismiss Amazon’s amended complaint filed by the government and Microsoft. The motions were not made public and it is not clear when the judge could decide.

Amazon, considered a pioneer in contracting, filed a lawsuit in November 2019 after the contract was awarded to Microsoft. Trump has publicly ridiculed Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and repeatedly criticized the company.

According to the new Amazon file, Trump and his administration have “stepped up a campaign of meddling and retaliation against those in the Department of Defense who are considered unfaithful to the president or who are able to draw conclusions that conflict with his personal interests.” “

The company argued that the latest Pentagon review “was flawed even more egregious than those that plagued the original award,” and that the Pentagon “manipulated its evaluations to an extent that denies any facade of rationality “.

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract could reach $ 10 billion and is part of a wider digital modernization for the Pentagon.

Then Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the Pentagon made its choice fairly. Trump fired Esper last month.

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