By Barbara Kinosky,
The Pentagon is in quite the tussle with tech giant, Oracle – who filed a pre-award protest challenging the DoD’s single-award approach on the much anticipated $10 billion cloud computing contract. This massive contract called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, cleverly abbreviated as JEDI, is causing a lot of hoopla in the technology industry.
Oracle’s protest is so far in advance of pre-award it is in a new category of “protest before contractors have even thought about submitting proposals”. Clearly, Oracle is looking at the single source cloud award the CIA made to Amazon and is worried about the winner take all JEDI award that would give the awardee a huge platform within DoD for even more work. You can read the entire story written by Aaron Gregg for the Washington Post.
I can understand Oracle’s frustration and commend them for fighting for multiple award. It even inspired me to put it in song:
(Adele – “Hello” parody)
Hello, it’s me
Oracle with cloud cap-a-bility
I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time’s supposed to heal ya
But I ain’t done much healing
When I’m excluded from the dealing
Hello, can you hear me
I’m in Washington DC, dreaming about the contract we would see
For cloud cap-a-bility
When we were all one family
We are willing to share, in the 10-billion-dollar deal
We just want multiple award!
At least you can say that we tried
To foster, innovation
But you say just one award
Hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To ask you, if you wouldn’t mind
Changing the solicitation
to promote competition
But you say just one award, is what you want to see
Hello from the outside
At least we can say that we’ve tried
To reach a resolution, we’re sorry for what we had to do
But we really tired our mostest
To avoid this bid protest
Don’t worry, I won’t be quitting my day job to become a songwriter. But you get the point.
About the Author:
Barbara Kinosky is the Managing Partner of Centre Law and Consulting and has more than twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of federal government contracting. Barbara is a nationally known expert on GSA and VA Schedules and the Service Contract Act, and she has served as an expert witness for federal government contracting cases.