202112 Aug

Microsoft challenges NSA cloud contract reportedly awarded to Amazon

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Microsoft has filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office against the National Security Agency, challenging its award of a cloud computing contract. The protest, filed July 21, seeks to dispute the NSAs decision to award the $10 billion contract to Amazon, trade publications Nextgov and Washington Technology reported Tuesday. In a statement to CNBC, a spokesman for the NSA said the agency "recently awarded a contract for cloud computing services," declining to elaborate further on the matter. The company argued former President Donald Trumps bias against Amazon and its then-CEO, Jeff Bezos, influenced the Pentagon to give the contract to Microsoft. However, the inspector general noted in the 313-page report published in April 2020 that it had limited cooperation from White House officials throughout its review and, as a result, it could not complete its assessment of allegations of ethical misconduct.

Source: Cnbc

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