• Two months after Amazon filed a protest with the courts over the JEDI contract award to Microsoft, the company asked a judge to suspend work on the project
• Amazon wants the court to halt work on JEDI while it considers whether the bid process was fair
He also cited “unmistakable bias” creating interference in the adjudication of the $10 billion contract. This is a direct reference to President Donald Trump’s comments in July that he was going to investigate the process. Trump told reporters at the time he was “getting tremendous complaints about the contract with the Pentagon and Amazon.” Jassy said that when a sitting president interjects an opinion about a deal publicly, it is very difficult for the agency “to make an objective decision without fear of reprisal.”
The President has a famously contentious relationship with Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, AWS’ parent. Bezos also owns The Washington Post, which has been critical of the President and his policies.
The JEDI bid process has attracted many critics. Amazon rival Oracle, which also filed suit contesting the contract award to Microsoft, argued that the single award nature of the contract runs counter to the industry trend to source cloud services from multiple cloud providers for redundancy and price control.
An Amazon spokesman said that the company delayed filing the work stoppage petition at the Defense Department’s request. The court will need to rule on whether to delay work on JEDI, and separately, whether the contract was awarded fairly.