The Department of Defense (DoD) said today it has reaffirmed its decision to award the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract to Microsoft, following a “comprehensive re-evaluation” of proposals.

DoD said today that Microsoft’s JEDI proposal still “continues to represent the best value to the government.”

“We appreciate that after careful review, the DoD confirmed that we offered the right technology and the best value,” a Microsoft spokesperson told MeriTalk. “We’re ready to get to work and make sure that those who serve our country have access to this much needed technology.”

Earlier this week, a Federal Appeals Court rejected Oracle’s protest against the award. DoD awarded the 10-year, $10 billion contract to Microsoft in October 2019, and protests from competitors including AWS followed shortly after. While DoD was beginning to work on the cloud environment late last year, a court injunction halted progress on that effort.

“While contract performance will not begin immediately due to the Preliminary Injunction Order issued by the Court of Federal Claims on February 13, 2020,” DoD wrote in a statement today, “DoD is eager to begin delivering this capability to our men and women in uniform.”

AWS responded to the DoD notice in a blog post on Friday. “We strongly disagree with the DoD’s flawed evaluation and believe it’s critical for our country that the government and its elected leaders administer procurements objectively and in a manner that is free from political influence,” the post states.

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Katie Malone
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Katie Malone is a MeriTalk Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.