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DOD wants another month for JEDI review

The Pentagon is looking for a 30-day extension so it can continue its partial re-examination of award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract to Microsoft.

In its Aug. 10 filing with the Court of Federal Claims, Defense Department attorneys told the court DOD needs to reopen some discussions regarding the pricing aspects of proposals from both Microsoft and Amazon Web Services. Neither legal team representing the cloud vendors opposed DOD’s motion requesting more time to work on this second try at an award.

The department’s filing indicates the companies have submitted revised proposals as DOD has issued more than one solicitation amendment, which has in turn resulted in rounds of proposal revisions and exchanges between DOD and bidders.

However, DOD has told the court it has “recently identified the need to reopen limited discussions related to certain aspects of the offerors’ pricing proposals.”

Microsoft and AWS will get the opportunity to ask more questions and work on proposal revisions, and DOD expects to get the final versions by Aug. 12. That would put DOD on a schedule of completing the re-evaluation process by early September.

This latest ask of the court comes less than two weeks after DOD CIO Dana Deasy told a group of defense reporters, that he expected a decision on JEDI by the end of August.

JEDI was supposed to start being fielded two years ago, but it has been protested four times, including this round by AWS.

DOD’s other high-profile commercial cloud buy for Microsoft Office 365-based collaboration tools has also been tied up in protests. The department and General Services Administration are working on a corrective action for the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract after an accidental disclosure of pricing information.

This article was first posted on Washington Technology, a sibling site to GCN.


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