Amazon Web Services v. USA: Re Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (“JEDI”) contract

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Amazon Web Services v. USA: Re Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (“JEDI”) contract

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Seattle Times
Where others failed, now Amazon is taking up the case against the president ...

The filings this week in an obscure federal contracting court by our Seattle tech bad boys made some headlines, mostly because Jeff Bezos and company are brazenly seeking to depose the baddest boy of all, Donald Trump.

But “Amazon Web Services v. United States of America” seems to me to have the potential to develop into a full-blown political scandal. The motions made Monday show that our little Seattle online bookstore has decided to throw standard business and lobbying caution to the wind by joining into an all-out, and overtly political, war with the U.S. president.

At issue is a $10 billion Defense Department contract to transition the military into cloud computing. These are typically boring but important public bid fights, in which both companies and the government must follow arcane procurement rules on complex proposals that can run to tens of thousands of pages. ...

“This is not an ordinary bid protest,” the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington declared in a follow-up court filing on Tuesday. “Plaintiff Amazon … alleges not only that the U.S. Department of Defense inaccurately evaluated the technical aspects of its proposal for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (“JEDI”) contract—but also that DoD did so because President Donald J. Trump engaged in a ‘blatant and sustained effort to direct the outcome’ in order to ‘pursue his own personal and political ends.’ “

Sound familiar? It’s exactly what Trump was just impeached for — for tossing aside the laws and norms of government solely to benefit himself.
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Re: Amazon Web Services v. USA: Re Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (“JEDI”) contract

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WaPo
Court orders Pentagon to halt work on Microsoft’s JEDI cloud contract after Amazon protests

Defense Department lawyers had planned to “go live” with the long-awaited cloud computing network on Friday, Feb. 14. But a last-minute court order will prevent it from moving forward. This story will be updated.
Also:
WaPo: Amazon seeks to depose Trump, Esper in JEDI bid protest

Motion calls DOD secretary’s recusal from contract ‘unusual and suspect.’
Democracy is a garden that has to be tended. -Barack Obama

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