DOD acknowledges possible conflict of interest on JEDI procurement
- By Adam Mazmanian
- Feb 25, 2019
In a court filing unsealed Feb. 22, the Department of Defense acknowledged it was investigating "possible conflicts of interest" involving former Amazon Web Services executive and Defense Digital Services employee Deap Ubhi with regard to the Pentagon's $10 billion cloud procurement.
Oracle is suing the DOD over the Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative procurement in part because of ties between DOD officials and AWS, which is widely seen as having an inside track on the contract.
The DOD sought and received a stay in the Oracle case last week. The stay gives time for a contracting officer who initially determined that Ubhi's participation in JEDI didn't violate DOD rules to reevaluate that assessment.
According to the filing, new information has come to light as of Feb. 12 that requires the reevaluation – although the precise nature of the information is redacted in the filing.
Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.
Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.
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