WASHINGTON (Reuters) – the Four Republican members of the U.S. Congress, including House Armed Services Committee’s ranking member, Mac Thornberry, a letter will be sent to the President, Donald Trump, on Thursday, urging him to move forward with a $10 billion cloud contract with the Department of Defense (dod).
FILE PHOTO: House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-CA), chairman of a committee on The National Defense Strategy, the Nuclear Posture Review,” on Capitol Hill in Washington, d.c., u.s., on February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
He said that the government was looking closely at the Amazon.com’s (AMZN.(O) the offer on the Joint Venture, Defence, and Infrastructure (JEDI), to cloud contract, following complaints from other tech firms.
“We believe that it is essential for our national security, in order to move forward as quickly as possible, with the award of the contract, and the performance of this contract,” said the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.
Oracle Corp (ORCL.(N) had expressed concerns about the award process for the contract, including any question regarding its role as a former Amazon employee who worked on the project for the Ministry of Defence, but then recused himself, and later left the Department of Defense, and then went back to Amazon’s Web Services.
Oracle, sybase, and IBM Corp (IBM.(N) have been taken out of the competition for the contract, of which Amazon and Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.(O) as the finalists.
Earlier this month, Oracle had lost a court case challenging the award process, which it said violated federal procurement laws, and were tainted by conflicts of interest. A judge has ruled, Oracle will not allow you to claim that it was done by the decision, because it does not comply with the requirements of the contract.
The administrators of the law, including Thornberry, Michael Turner, Elise Stefanik and Robert Wittman said in the letter to the House Armed Services Committee and carried out under the supervision of the contract, from the start, and that the court also dismissed the Ministry of Defence, ‘ treatment of the competition.”
“It’s understandable, then, that some of the companies that are in competition with each other in order for the agreement to be disappointed in not being selected as one of the finalists,” the letter said, adding that any further delay will hurt the nation’s security, and the increase in the cost of the contract.
A JEDI meets only a part of the Department of Defense, the need for cloud services, and it is an important first step in the competition with countries such as China, the members said. No unnecessary delay will hurt the country’s security and the increase in the cost of the contract, they will be added to it.
In the Amazon, and Oracle will not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington and Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Editing by Susan Thomas and Sonya Hepinstall