19/09/2021

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DoD’s Inspector General OK’s $10 Billion JEDI Award to Microsoft

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But Inspector Typical says he was blocked from assessing Trump’s impact

The Department of Protection (DoD) Inspector Typical today found that the department’s controversial determination to award the mega-JEDI cloud agreement to Microsoft rather than Amazon was “was reliable with applicable regulation and acquisition criteria.”

In addition, the Inspector Typical lashed out at DoD procurement officers, expressing they “improperly disclosed resource assortment and proprietary Microsoft info to Amazon” and “failed to thoroughly redact names of DoD resource assortment team users in the resource assortment stories that ended up disclosed to Amazon and Microsoft.”

Did Trump Impact the Contract? “Couldn’t Say”

The Inspector Typical admitted, even so, that his team was not able to evaluate any White Home impact on the JEDI cloud procurement after Trump’s team declined to solution concerns about any communications it may have had on the agreement.

The report notes: “We could not assessment this issue completely because of the assertion of a ‘presidential communications privilege,’ which resulted in various DoD witnesses becoming instructed by the DoD Business office of Typical Counsel not to solution our concerns about potential communications involving White Home and DoD officers about JEDI.”

Microsoft, as agreement winner, will provide section-huge cloud products and services that will underpin new AI-driven war-fighting abilities, by way of a typical cloud environment. (The endeavor in advance is massive: The Pentagon says it now uses over 3.4 million conclusion people, four million endpoint units, one,700 diverse information centres and 500 cloud initiatives.)

“Administrative Action” Desired Over Leaks

In a 317-web page report [pdf] the Inspector Typical (whose team reviewed 31.two GB of e-mails to reach the determination) advisable “administrative action towards acceptable individuals for failing to assessment the redacted stories and attachments to the debriefing e-mails, and disclosing proprietary, proposal, and resource assortment info.

Amazon is arguing in courtroom that the determination on the $ten billion agreement was improperly affected by President Trump’s “disdain” for Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos.

The Inspector Typical notes: “Our assessment did not evaluate the appropriateness of the DoD’s award of the JEDI Cloud agreement to Microsoft rather than AWS. We did not assessment the deserves of the contractors’ proposals or DoD’s technological or cost evaluations rather, we reviewed the resource assortment system and no matter whether it was in compliance with applicable statutes, guidelines, and the evaluation system described in the Request for Proposals, and also no matter whether it was affected by outside force.”

AWS’s $600 million cloud agreement with the CIA and appreciably increased market heft had still left it company favorite to earn the agreement: “We’re stunned about this conclusion,” AWS said at the time. “AWS is the obvious chief in cloud computing, and a comprehensive assessment purely on the comparative offerings evidently direct to a diverse conclusion.