WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Democratic senators asked U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday if “outside” influence caused him to delay awarding a $10 billion cloud computing contract, after President Donald Trump suggested Amazon.com Inc should not win it.
The contract, called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud, or JEDI, is part of a broad modernization of the Pentagon’s information technology systems.
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Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Jack Reed asked Esper in a letter why the Defense Department was reviewing the contract and if Esper was directed by someone outside of the Pentagon to delay or cancel the contract, which was in final talks with Amazon Web Services. The senators publicly released a copy of the letter.
Trump in July said his administration was examining Amazon’s bid following complaints from other tech companies.
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Warner had raised his concerns about the decision to put a hold on the contract in a tweet on Friday,...
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