And Oracle has been very vocal in its concerns about the award process, and has asked about the role of a former Amazon employee who worked on the project at the Defense Department but who then recused himself.
While it may seem like Esper's sudden interference may postpone the awarding of the JEDI contract to either Amazon or Microsoft, the Defense Department's chief information officer was quick to remind the public that Esper's sudden review is still within the already established timeframe for the announcement of the contract victor. "No decision will be made on the program until he has completed his examination".
The Pentagon has put off awarding a $10 billion (roughly Rs. 69,000 crores) cloud computing contract sought by Amazon, saying Thursday that the process will be reviewed by the newly-appointed defense secretary. The contract could be awarded as early as August 23.
"Keeping his promise to Members of Congress and the American public, Secretary Esper is looking at the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program".
Opposition to the JEDI tendering process is not uniform on the right, however. The Pentagon, meanwhile, called Oracle's allegations "the subject of poorly-informed and often manipulative speculation".
Esper first announced his intent to examine the JEDI deal at a July 24 news conference.
But President Trump has previously said he said he would direct aides to investigate the pending military contract, saying he had heard multiple complaints about an allegedly unfair bidding process. "JEDI contract, and that's one of the things I want to take a hard look at", Esper said. Following the president's remarks about it, a group of four Republican House members wrote a letter urging the president to consider the national security implications of the contract.
"I'm getting tremendous complaints about the contract with the Pentagon and with Amazon".
Further holdups will make it so those divisions within the armed forces have to go build independent cloud solutions-a model that "does not serve the department's interests well, it does not serve the warfighter well".
The Department of Defense failed to keep adequate records on the program's costs and installed parts that were not ready for use, according to reports from the Pentagon's inspector general in March and June. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.