Oracle filed a protest in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Dec. 6 against the Department of Defense’s Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative, or JEDI, cloud contract, the latest opposition in a saga of protests against the single-source contract.
“Oracle filed its protest on JEDI with the Court of Federal Claims. The technology industry is innovating around next-generation cloud at an unprecedented pace and JEDI as currently envisioned virtually assures DoD will be locked into legacy cloud for a decade or more. The single-award approach is contrary to well-established procurement requirements and is out of sync with industry’s multi-cloud strategy, which promotes constant competition, fosters rapid innovation and lowers prices,” said Oracle Senior Vice President Ken Glueck in a statement.
The DoD released its request for proposals on the potentially $10 billion, single-source cloud contract in July 2018, despite industry and congressional criticism that awarding the contract to a single vendor would negatively impact the agency and unfairly limit the pool of potential awardees to just a handful of providers.
Both Oracle and IBM filed protests of the contract with the Government Accountability Office, but the Oracle protest was denied in November.
Now the Federal Claims Court — which predominantly hears cases about money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations or contracts — will be asked to determine the validity of Oracle’s protest.
Federal News Network first reported the Oracle filing.
Jessie Bur covered the federal workforce and the changes most likely to impact government employees for Federal Times.