DOD cloud

DOD postpones JEDI decision, plans another amendment

The Pentagon now says it will not make a decision on the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud procurement originally awarded to Microsoft until Aug. 17.

In a June 16 court filing, lawyers representing the Pentagon’s side said "another solicitation amendment will be necessary" and that the Defense Department would review "additional limited proposal revisions." The filing did not state what technical areas will be covered by the new amendment.

The case is on remand for 120 days while DOD considers revised proposals prompted by Amazon Web Services’ suit of DOD’s award of the contract to Microsoft last October.  AWS cited technical problems with the evaluation and political interference from the White House.

The previous revisions are centered around storage requirements in an area of the JEDI solicitation called "price scenario 6" – a cloud storage component that, according to the judge's read on the bids, was out of compliance with JEDI requirements. That aspect of the dispute erupted into public view in May as AWS filed a protest with the DOD to obtain more information on the requirements and Microsoft responded with a blog post slamming its rival.

In the latest court filing, DOD indicated that it might need more time to review revised proposals and may seek an extension of the remand.

A longer version of this article was first posted to FCW, a sibling site to GCN.

About the Author

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

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