WASHINGTON—President Trump stated he would ask the Pentagon to scrutinize a cloud-computing contract for the U.S. army, including uncertainty to a multibillion-dollar race between contract finalists
“I’m getting super complaints concerning the contract with the Pentagon and with Amazon. They’re saying it wasn’t competitively bid,” Mr. Trump stated Thursday in response to a reporter’s query on the White Home. “I might be asking them to take a look at it very carefully to see what’s occurring.”
The president’s feedback additional complicate the award for the cloud deal, often called Joint Enterprise Protection Infrastructure, or JEDI.
Sen. Chuck Grassley
(R., Iowa), and others have beforehand referred to as for the Pentagon to reopen the bidding course of. The contract is scheduled be awarded by the tip of August, the Pentagon has stated, and is valued at as much as $10 billion.
The JEDI bidding course of has been dogged by allegations of battle of curiosity involving an Amazon worker, however moved nearer to completion earlier this month when a federal decide dominated within the Pentagon’s favor in a lawsuit filed by
A Protection Division spokeswoman stated, “We’re conscious of the remarks and don’t have anything so as to add right now.” The division has stated beforehand there was no influence on the contract-award course of.
Amazon didn’t reply to a request for remark. Prior to now it has denied getting any particular therapy.
Protection officers have designated Amazon and Microsoft as finalists for the contract, drawing complaints from Oracle and
Worldwide Enterprise Machines
These issues seem now to have reached the president’s ear.
“I’ve had only a few issues the place there’s been such complaining,” Mr. Trump stated. “Complaining from totally different firms, like Microsoft and Oracle and IBM. We’re going to check out it, we’ll take a really robust have a look at it.”
A White Home spokesman didn’t instantly reply to questions on what the administration may do to additional have a look at the deal.
Microsoft and Oracle declined to remark. An IBM spokesman stated it has lengthy raised issues about awarding the contract to a single vendor.
Earlier than and since his election in 2016, Mr. Trump has leveled a sequence of assaults towards Amazon—about the whole lot from the taxes the net big collects on gross sales to its supply practices. He additionally has criticized Amazon’s chief govt,
who owns the Washington Publish.
—Catherine Lucey contributed to this text.
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