Pentagon watchdog says White House didn’t influence JEDI contract decision


President Donald Trump speaks with Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, and Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive Officer of Amazon during an American Technology Council roundtable in the State Dinning Room at the White House in Washington, DC on Monday, June 19, 2017.

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The Pentagon Inspector General said the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract, which was awarded to Microsoft, doesn’t appear to have been influenced by the White House, according to a new report issued Wednesday.

The 313-page report summarizes findings from a review of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, cloud computing contract, conducted by the Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General. The Pentagon watchdog began its review of the contract last year. 

Microsoft was awarded the contract on October 25. Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing unit, filed a lawsuit in November protesting the JEDI decision and argued that President Donald Trump’s bias against Amazon its CEO Jeff Bezos influenced the Pentagon to give the contract to Microsoft.

Representatives from Amazon, Microsoft, the Defense Department and the Pentagon Inspector General weren’t immediately available for comment.

This story is developing. Check back for updates. 


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