The Department of Defense has released an update to its draft request for proposals on the sweeping Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract — worth potentially billions over the next decade — which includes responses to industry questions and comments on the solicitation.

The Pentagon issued the first draft request for proposals on March 7, 2018, after a public industry day where DoD officials emphasized the widespread changes and improvements they hope to bring about through the JEDI cloud.

The updated version of the RFP includes revised requirements and a statement of objectives for the contract, as well as the answers to industry feedback on the first draft.

The Q&A document includes 81 pages of industry questions and government responses, addressing 1,030 items ranging from issues of identity management to cybersecurity.

According to the updated statement of objectives, the JEDI cloud could potentially be used by all military departments, all DoD components, the defense intelligence community, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Coast Guard, the intelligence community, international allies and partners, and contractors supporting defense business and mission operations.

Industry now has a second opportunity to comment on the proposal, based on the provided government responses to past questions and the modifications to JEDI requirements. Commenters have until April 30, 2018, at 11 a.m. EST to submit their feedback.

The final solicitation for the contract is scheduled for early May 2018, with an award anticipated in September.

Jessie Bur covered the federal workforce and the changes most likely to impact government employees for Federal Times.

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