Amazon AWS: NSA ordered to reevaluate $10bn AWS cloud contract

Nov 02, 2021 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

The National Security Agency (NSA) has been ordered to reevaluate a secret cloud contract worth $10 billion, awarded to Amazon Web Services. Microsoft led the protest and asked for the contract to be reviewed. The Government Accountability Office had to side with Microsoft after its protest and called for a reevaluation of the contract.

Ralph White, a managing associate general counsel for the Procurement Law Division at the Government Accountability Office, spoke on the matter. He said GAO found some part of the agency’s evaluation to lack reasoning, and this made the GAO recommend a reevaluation of the proposals.

GOA did not reveal the reason for its decision by claiming the decision was classified. Worthy of note is that the decision is not yet final as AWS can protest it in the US Court of Federal Claims. It is interesting to note that Microsoft’s protest is coming after AWS successfully ensured that Microsoft's $10 billion JEDI cloud contract was canceled.

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