The US Department of Defense (DoD) is in search of courtroom permission to rethink sure points of its determination to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft, courtroom filings confirmed on Thursday.
A US choose final month granted Amazon.com’s request to briefly halt the DoD and Microsoft from transferring ahead with the deal, which Amazon had stated mirrored undue affect by President Donald Trump.
Lawyers for the US authorities have requested a federal choose to grant the Pentagon “120 days to rethink sure points of the challenged company determination,” the DoD stated in a submitting to the US Court of Federal Claims late on Thursday.
“DoD doesn’t intend to conduct discussions with offerors or to settle for proposal revisions with respect to any facet of the solicitation aside from value state of affairs,” in accordance to the submitting.
The Pentagon additionally stated it needed to re-evaluate elements of the bidders’ value proposals and on-line marketplaces.
“We are happy that the DoD has acknowledged ‘substantial and legit’ points that affected the JEDI award determination, and that corrective motion is important,” a spokesman for Amazon’s cloud computing unit stated in an emailed assertion.
The e-commerce big has alleged that Trump exerted “improper strain” and bias that led the DoD to award the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract to Microsoft.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper beforehand denied there was bias and stated the Pentagon made its selection pretty and freely with out exterior affect.
A Microsoft spokesman stated the Pentagon made the appropriate determination once they awarded the contract.
“However, we help their determination to rethink a small quantity of elements as it’s seemingly the quickest method to resolve all points and shortly present the wanted fashionable know-how to folks throughout our armed forces,” he stated.
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