(Reuters) — The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is in search of court docket permission to rethink sure elements of its choice to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft, court docket filings confirmed on Thursday.
A U.S. decide final month granted Amazon’s request to briefly halt the DoD and Microsoft from transferring ahead with the deal, which Amazon had mentioned mirrored undue affect by President Donald Trump.
Lawyers for the U.S. authorities have requested a federal decide to grant the Pentagon “120 days to reconsider certain aspects of the challenged agency decision,” the DoD mentioned in a submitting to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims late on Thursday.
“DoD does not intend to conduct discussions with [offerers] or to accept proposal revisions with respect to any aspect of the solicitation other than price scenario,” in response to the submitting.
The Pentagon additionally mentioned it wished to reevaluate components of the bidders’ value proposals and on-line marketplaces.
“We are pleased that the DoD has acknowledged ‘substantial and legitimate’ issues that affected the JEDI award decision, and that corrective action is necessary,” a spokesperson for Amazon’s cloud computing unit mentioned in an emailed assertion.
The ecommerce big has alleged that Trump exerted “improper pressure” and bias that led the DoD to award the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract to Microsoft.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper beforehand denied there was bias and mentioned the Pentagon made its alternative pretty and freely with out exterior affect.
A Microsoft spokesperson mentioned the Pentagon made the correct choice when it awarded the contract.
“However, we support their decision to reconsider a small number of factors as it is likely the fastest way to resolve all issues and quickly provide the needed modern technology to people across our armed forces,” he mentioned.
(Reporting by Rebekah Mathew, Rama Venkat, and Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru, modifying by Aditya Soni.)