The Department of Defense (DOD) has announced the findings of an internal investigation into Microsoft’s JEDI award, upholding the original decision.
Microsoft shocked the industry when it beat out Amazon for the prized Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, worth some $10 billion. Industry experts had largely expected Amazon to win, especially since it has a history of similar government cloud contracts. Amazon was so stunned by the loss that it immediately sued and succeeded in getting a temporary injunction preventing Microsoft from moving forward until the case could be reviewed in court.
In the meantime, the DOD performed its own internal review to make sure there was no impropriety, especially given Amazon’s accusations that interference from President Trump was a factor in the decision. The investigation showed that Microsoft was chosen based on the value it represents, a point the company has been making since the saga began.
”The Department has completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of the JEDI Cloud proposals and determined that Microsoft’s proposal continues to represent the best value to the Government.”
This is another big win for Microsoft and will no doubt help it in its court case against Amazon.