Oracle’s JEDI fight isn’t over.
The company will appeal a Court of Federal Claims ruling that rejected its attempt to get back into the running against Amazon and Microsoft for the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) cloud contract. It’s the latest twist in the competition for the $10 billion, 10-year contract to migrate the Pentagon’s computing infrastructure and data to the cloud.
Oracle was left out of the running when Amazon and Microsoft were named finalists, and filed a protest alleging the process was “riddled with improprieties” and conflicts of interest. U.S. Court of Federal Claims Senior Judge Eric G. Bruggink ruled that an “organizational conflict of interest does not exist and that individual conflicts of interest did not impact the procurement.”
In a statement Monday afternoon, Oracle said it would appeal that ruling.
“The Court of Federal Claims opinion in the JEDI bid protest describes the JEDI procurement as unlawful, notwithstanding dismissal of the protest solely on the legal technicality of Oracle’s purported lack of standing. Federal procurement laws specifically bar single award procurements such as JEDI absent satisfying specific, mandatory requirements, and the Court in its opinion clearly found DoD did not satisfy these requirements. The opinion also acknowledges that the procurement suffers from many significant conflicts of interest. These conflicts violate the law and undermine the public trust. As a threshold matter, we believe that the determination of no standing is wrong as a matter of law, and the very analysis in the opinion compels a determination that the procurement was unlawful on several grounds.”
The Pentagon was expected to announce a winner this summer but the timeline was delayed after President Trump raised concerns about the fairness of the process, with Amazon considered the front-runner. Last week, a ProPublica investigation revealed how close Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos have been to the project since its inception.
Among other changes, the JEDI work will help different branches of the military share sensitive information in the cloud and incorporate artificial intelligence technology into their operations.