To The Pentagon: Don’t Do It

Source: The Register

Oracle takes its gripes about Pentagon’s JEDI contract to federal court

Great way to make friends during procurement for a $10bn contract, eh Larry?

By Rebecca Hill • December 11, 2018 

Fresh from defeat at the hands of the US Government Accountability Office, Oracle has taken its battle against the single-vendor Pentagon cloud contract to court.

The legacy database biz filed a suit against the Department of Defense in the US Court of Federal Claims last week, and the redacted complaint was published yesterday.

Under the $10bn contract, known as JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure), almost 80 per cent of the Department of Defence’s IT systems will be migrated to the cloud. It could last 10 years and will be awarded to just one vendor: AWS is thought to be in pole position.

Oracle has claimed since the start of the process that this approach would lock the government into legacy tech and could damage innovation, competition and security – and that it goes against various rules on government procurement for high-value awards.

The lawsuit repeated these assertions, but also alleges conflicts of interest within the DoD and that the Pentagon “crafted” the request for proposals criteria to limit the number of vendors that could compete.

It also claims the government has introduced “unduly restrictive requirements” into the criteria required for vendors to bid, which will “cause Oracle significant competitive prejudice”.

Please go to The Register to read the entire article.

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