The U.S. Defense Department (DoD) is seeking court permission to reconsider specific points of its decision to grant a $10 billion cloud-computing deal to Microsoft, courtroom filings confirmed Thursday.
A U.S. judge in February granted Amazon.com’s request to temporarily cease the DoD and Microsoft from going ahead with the transaction, which Amazon had said reflected undue influence by Prez Donald Trump.
Lawyers for the U.S. government have asked a federal judge to grant the Pentagon “120 days to reconsider certain elements of the challenged agency decision,” the DoD stated in a filing to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims late Thursday.
The Pentagon further stated it wanted to re-evaluate sections of the bidders’ price proposals and online marketplaces.
The e-commerce titan has alleged that Trump put “improper pressure” and bias that pushed the DoD to award the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) deal to Microsoft.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper initially refused there was bias and said the Pentagon made its selection fairly without external pressure.
A Microsoft spokesperson stated the Pentagon made the right choice when they awarded the deal.
“Nonetheless, we support their decision to rethink a small number of points as it’s possible the fastest way to resolve all problems and quickly provide the required modern technology to people throughout our armed forces,” he stated.