House Lawmakers Ask DoD’s Inspector General to Initiate JEDI Cloud Contract Probe

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Two House Appropriations Committee members have asked the Defense Department’s office of inspector general to investigate the requirements and solicitation process for the potential 10-year, $10B Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) wrote a letter Monday to Glenn Fine, acting inspector general at DoD, to raise concern over the contract’s Defense Information Systems Agency impact level 6 requirement that a cloud service provider should meet.

The lawmakers said they think that requirement is one of the limiting or “gating” provisions of the contract that “seem to be tailored to one specific contractor.”

Cole and Womack also called on the inspector general to investigate why the Pentagon continues to pursue a contract structure that has drawn criticism from industry and Congress.

The Pentagon released its request for proposals in July for the JEDI program with plans to issue a single-sourced contract.

The report said DoD intends to award the cloud contract in early 2019.

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