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AWS Goes to Court over CIA Contract

The CIA is supposed to decide what it’ll do early next month. Amazon is hoping for a judicial decision by September 23

Amazon has gone to the US Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC, to get the CIA to follow through on the four-year $600 million cloud contract it was awarded earlier this year.

IBM, which also bid for the contract, objected to Amazon getting it claiming price discrimination because the evaluation wasn't apples to apples, so to speak, and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found some terms were relaxed only for Amazon, recommended that negotiations be reopened and the RFP clarified.

The CIA is supposed to decide what it'll do early next month. Amazon is hoping for a judicial decision by September 23.

It claims the spy agency got it right based on Amazon Web Services technical superiority and best value. And wouldn't you know, most of the complaint is under seal. Seems some information in it is under a GAO protective order.

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