DoD’s Inspector General OK’s $10 Billion JEDI Award to Microsoft

Jannie Delucca

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But Inspector Standard claims he was blocked from examining Trump’s influence

The Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector Standard today found that the department’s controversial decision to award the mega-JEDI cloud deal to Microsoft instead than Amazon was “was reliable with relevant law and acquisition specifications.”

In addition, the Inspector Standard lashed out at DoD procurement officers, indicating they “improperly disclosed source choice and proprietary Microsoft information to Amazon” and “failed to properly redact names of DoD source choice group associates in the source choice experiences that were being disclosed to Amazon and Microsoft.”

Did Trump Impact the Deal? “Couldn’t Say”

The Inspector Standard admitted, nonetheless, that his group was not able to evaluate any White Dwelling influence on the JEDI cloud procurement following Trump’s group declined to remedy concerns about any communications it could have had on the deal.

The report notes: “We could not review this make a difference completely for the reason that of the assertion of a ‘presidential communications privilege,’ which resulted in many DoD witnesses remaining instructed by the DoD Place of work of Standard Counsel not to remedy our concerns about prospective communications involving White Dwelling and DoD officers about JEDI.”

Microsoft, as deal winner, will deliver section-extensive cloud providers that will underpin new AI-driven war-fighting abilities, by using a frequent cloud atmosphere. (The activity forward is massive: The Pentagon claims it now takes advantage of in excess of 3.four million finish users, four million endpoint gadgets, 1,seven-hundred diverse details centres and five hundred cloud initiatives.)

“Administrative Action” Required Above Leaks

In a 317-webpage report [pdf] the Inspector Standard (whose group reviewed 31.two GB of e-mails to arrive at the decision) recommended “administrative motion versus correct people today for failing to review the redacted experiences and attachments to the debriefing e-mails, and disclosing proprietary, proposal, and source choice information.

Amazon is arguing in courtroom that the decision on the $ten billion deal was improperly motivated by President Trump’s “disdain” for Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos.

The Inspector Standard notes: “Our review did not evaluate the appropriateness of the DoD’s award of the JEDI Cloud deal to Microsoft instead than AWS. We did not review the deserves of the contractors’ proposals or DoD’s specialized or value evaluations instead, we reviewed the source choice course of action and whether or not it was in compliance with relevant statutes, insurance policies, and the analysis course of action explained in the Ask for for Proposals, and also whether or not it was motivated by outdoors stress.”

AWS’s $600 million cloud deal with the CIA and significantly better sector heft had left it agency favourite to win the deal: “We’re stunned about this summary,” AWS reported at the time. “AWS is the very clear chief in cloud computing, and a in depth evaluation purely on the comparative offerings evidently direct to a diverse summary.

 

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