COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF PENTAGON IN JEDI LAWSUIT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF PENTAGON IN JEDI LAWSUIT

SOURCE: NEXTGOV

The Defense Department has triumphed in the eight-month-long U.S. Court of Federal Claims lawsuit filed by Oracle over its $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract.

On Friday, Senior Judge Eric Bruggink ruled in favor the Defense Department—and Amazon Web Services, which joined the lawsuit as an intervener—stating that Oracle could not meet certain gate criteria when bids were due in late 2018.

The judge’s order also denied numerous allegations made by Oracle over the course of several months, including an alleged conflict of interest between AWS and Defense Department officials.

“Because the court finds that [gate criteria] is enforceable, and Oracle concedes that it could not meet that criteria at the time of proposal submission, we conclude that it cannot demonstrate prejudice as a result of other possible errors in the procurement process,” Bruggink’s order states. “We conclude as well that the contracting officer’s findings that an organizational conflict of interest does not exist and that individual conflicts of interest did not impact the procurement were not arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with law”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even in defense parlance, $10 billion dollars .... is still one heck of a lot of Benjamins; one can understand why Oracle fought so hard, to get the award of the contract reversed.

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