AWS files protest of JEDI award in federal claims court

The company submitted a pre-filing notice with the Court of Federal Claims last Friday, according to an AWS spokesperson.
Andy Jassy Keynote at AWS at The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.
Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, at the company's 2018 re:Invent conference. (AWS photo)

Amazon Web Services is protesting the Pentagon’s award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract to Microsoft.

The company submitted a pre-filing notice Nov. 8 with the Court of Federal Claims, according to an AWS spokesperson.

“AWS is uniquely experienced and qualified to provide the critical technology the U.S. military needs, and remains committed to supporting the DoD’s modernization efforts,” the spokesperson said in a prepared statement. “We also believe it’s critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence. Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias — and it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified.”

AWS was widely considered a favorite to win the JEDI cloud contract, worth up to $10 billion over 10 years, but the Department of Defense awarded the contract to Microsoft in late October. The company said it was “surprised” by the award.


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