Judge dismisses Oracle lawsuit over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract
Oracle has been complaining concerning 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 yr. It went as far as to file a lawsuit in December, claiming a possible battle of curiosity on the a part of a procurement staff member. At the moment, that case was dismissed in federal court docket.
In dismissing the case, Federal Claims Court docket 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 found in two separate investigations. Decide Bruggink in the end agreed with the DoD’s findings.
“We conclude as well that the contracting officer’s findings that an organizational conflict of interest does not exist and that individual conflicts of interest did not impact the procurement, were not arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with law. Plaintiff’s motion for judgment on the administrative record is therefore 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 specific 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 part of the legal process, stating on the time within the authorized movement, “Oracle’s Complaint specifically alleges conflicts of interest involving AWS. Thus, AWS has direct and substantial economic interests at stake in this case, and its disposition clearly could impair those interests.”
At the moment’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.