Judge dismisses Oracle lawsuit over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

Oracle has been complaining concerning the procurement course of across the Pentagon’s $10 billion, decade-long JEDI cloud contract, even earlier than the DoD opened requests for proposals final 12 months. It went as far as to file a lawsuit in December, claiming a possible battle of curiosity on the a part of a procurement crew member. Today, that case was dismissed in federal courtroom.

In dismissing the case, Federal Claims Court Senior Judge Eric Bruggink dominated that the corporate had did not show a battle within the procurement course of, one thing the DOD’s personal inside audits found in two separate investigations. Judge Bruggink in the end agreed with the DoD’s findings:

We conclude as effectively that the contracting officer’s findings that an organizational battle of curiosity doesn’t exist and that particular person conflicts of curiosity didn’t impression the procurement, weren’t arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or in any other case not in accordance with legislation. Plaintiff’s movement for judgment on the executive document is due to this fact denied.

The firm beforehand had filed a failed protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which additionally dominated that the procurement course of was honest and didn’t favor any explicit vendor. Oracle had claimed that the method was designed to favor cloud market chief AWS.

It’s price noting that the worker in query was a former AWS worker. AWS joined the lawsuit as part of the legal process, stating on the time within the authorized movement, “Oracle’s Complaint specifically alleges conflicts of interest involving AWS. Thus, AWS has direct and substantial economic interests at stake in this case, and its disposition clearly could impair those interests.”

Today’s ruling opens the door for the announcement of a winner of the $10 billion contract, as early as subsequent month. The DoD beforehand introduced that it had chosen Microsoft and Amazon as the 2 finalists for the winner-take-all bid.