Oracle has been complaining in regards to 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 group member. In the present day, that case was dismissed in federal courtroom.
In dismissing the case, Federal Claims Courtroom Senior Decide Eric Bruggink dominated that the corporate had didn’t show a battle within the procurement course of, one thing the DOD’s personal inner audits present in two separate investigations. Decide Bruggink in the end agreed with the DoD’s findings.
“We conclude as nicely 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 regulation. Plaintiff’s movement for judgment on the executive file is due to this fact denied,” Decide Bruggink wrote in his order.
The corporate beforehand had filed a failed protest with the Authorities Accountability Workplace (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 value noting that the worker in query was a former AWS worker. AWS joined the lawsuit as a part of the authorized course of, stating on the time within the authorized movement, “Oracle’s Criticism particularly alleges conflicts of curiosity involving AWS. Thus, AWS has direct and substantial financial pursuits at stake on this case, and its disposition clearly might impair these pursuits.”
In the present day’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.