Republican lawmakers call on DOD to release full results of JEDI investigation
Written by Billy Mitchell
Although Amazon Web Services lost in the offer of the Pentagon’s potential $ 10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, two Republican lawmakers continue to press the Department of Defense for more money. information on an investigation into allegations of irregularity between officials of the department. and the cloud computing company.
Republican representatives. Steve Womack from Arkansas and Chris Stewart from Utah sent a letter Thursday to DOD Secretary Lloyd Austin and Acting Department Inspector General Sean O’Donnell requesting “immediate access” to all records associated with DOD IG’s investigation into JEDI procurement.
“Since the inception of JEDI, several members of Congress, including one of the undersigned, have repeatedly raised concerns with the DOD over allegations of impropriety that former DOD officials have engaged in a Unethical misconduct related to JEDI, in our opinion, these allegations remain unresolved, ”the letter said. Lawmakers specifically raise allegations of conflicts of interest with former DOD officials who also had previous ties to Amazon.
The Pentagon released a 300-page report on its investigation last spring in which it said there had been breaches of ethics agreements, but that they were not large enough to affect the massive supply. .
Lawmakers want full access to the investigation file, “including all collected emails, interview notes and any provisional investigation memoranda.”
Meanwhile, Amazon continues to wage its own battle to overturn the JEDI contract award to Microsoft about 18 months ago. Amazon has two main assertions in its broader protest of the JEDI offering: that “DOD has consistently and repeatedly made damaging mistakes, every step of the way, which have consistently favored Microsoft”, and that this has happened. produced due to the overt influence of President Trump and other senior – level government officials, who wanted to harm Amazon.
Since Amazon filed the protest in December 2019, the $ 10 billion cloud acquisition has remained stuck, pending court approval to begin work.
More recently, the Federal Claims Court issued a sealed decision dismissing a petition from the Department of Justice and Microsoft to dismiss part of Amazon’s protest. Not only does this motion, released in April, mean the trial will go on even longer, but the DOD said ahead of the ruling that if things were to continue for much longer, it could consider alternatives to JEDI.