Authorities denies Oracle’s protest of $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud RFP


When Oracle filed a protest in August with the Authorities Accountability Workplace (GAO) that the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI RFP course of was unfair, it in all probability had little probability of succeeding. At this time, the GAO turned away the protest.

The JEDI contract has been arrange as a winner-take-all affair. With $10 billion on the desk, there was a lot teeth-gnashing and complaining that the deck has been stacked to favor one vendor, Amazon. The Pentagon has firmly denied this, but it surely hasn’t stopped Oracle and IBM from complaining loudly from the get-go that there have been issues with the best way the RFP was arrange.

At the least with the Oracle criticism, the GAO put that concept firmly to relaxation in the present day. For starters, the GAO made it clear that the winner-take-all method was simply superb, stating “…the Protection Division’s resolution to pursue a single-award method to acquire these cloud providers is in keeping with relevant statutes (and laws) as a result of the company fairly decided {that a} single-award method is within the authorities’s finest pursuits for numerous causes, together with nationwide safety issues, because the statute permits.”

The assertion went on to say that the GAO didn’t discover that the Pentagon favored any vendor throughout the RFP interval. “GAO’s resolution additionally concludes that the Protection Division offered cheap help for the entire solicitation provisions that Oracle contended exceeded the company’s wants.” Lastly, the GAO discovered no proof of battle of curiosity on the DOD’s half as Oracle had recommended.

Oracle has been sad because the begin of this course of, going as far as having co-CEO Safra Catz steer her complaints directly to the president in a gathering final April lengthy earlier than the RFP interval had even opened.

As I wrote in an article in September, Oracle was not the one vendor to consider that Amazon was the favourite:

The assumption amongst the varied different gamers, is that Amazon is within the driver’s seat for this bid, presumably as a result of they delivered a $600 million cloud contract for the federal government in 2013, standing up a personal cloud for the CIA. It was a giant deal again within the day on a few ranges. To start with, it was the primary large-scale instance of an intelligence company utilizing a public cloud supplier. And naturally the amount of cash was fairly spectacular for the time, not $10 billion spectacular, however a pleasant contract.

Regardless, the RFP submission interval ended final month. The Pentagon is predicted to decide on the seller in April 2019, Oracle’s protest however.


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